BEIJING, Aug 23 (Reuters) – * China’s imports of scrap metal fell by 31 percent from a year earlier to 410,000 tonnes, the General Administration of Customs said on Thursday, but shipments were up by 2.5 pct from June.

* Beijing has imposed a 25 pct import tariff on scrap metal from the United States, one of its top suppliers, from Thursday, although customs has not published a country-by-country breakdown of imports since April.

* China July scrap copper imports were down 26.8 pct y/y at 210,000 tonnes, but up 5 pct from previous month -customs

* China July scrap aluminium imports were down 25.6 pct y/y at 120,000 tonnes, but up 9 pct month-on-month -customs

* China July waste paper imports were down 32.8 pct y/y at 1.43 mln tonnes, but up 27.8 percent month-on-month -customs