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New rules for the import of waste paper is expected to March 1, 2018 effective!
Nov 24, 2017

According to foreign reports, the Chinese government informed the World Trade Organization (WTO) on November 15 of the new pollutant limits on imported waste as raw materials. According to the documents submitted, the new law will come into force on March 1, 2018. WTO members will not be able to comment until December 15.


In the first draft of the new version of environmental protection control standards submitted by the Chinese government in August 2017, strict restrictions on imported wastes are imposed, and the rate of waste paper, waste plastics and scrap metal should not exceed 0.3% at the same time. At the same time, Conducted a wide range of environmental supervision, suspended the issuance of new import licenses.


Among these, waste paper was the most influential. The content of waste plastics was reduced from 0.5% to 0.3% while that of waste paper dropped from 1.5% to 0.3%.


After that, the recycling market for waste paper relying heavily on China such as the United States and Europe was hit hard. In particular, foreign waste paper prices plunged after August. Take the U.S. waste as an example. In the past three months, the U.S. waste was reduced by 11% to a maximum of 41%. The U.S. waste was reduced by as much as 47%.


In recent months, the drop in the scrap prices has caused serious resentment among recycling companies in Europe and the United States. According to their view, the 0.3% impurity rate in China violates the WTO rules. On the other hand, Operation point of view, 0.3% is not feasible, and convey opinions to the WTO.


Earlier this month, some European recycling companies disclosed at industry conferences that China's standards will rise to 1%. However, in the latest document submitted to the WTO by the Chinese government, the import ratio of waste plastics and waste paper was changed to 0.5%. Than 0.3% increase, but with the standard 1%, but also a half different.


In the past, according to China's standards, the import of waste paper should not exceed 1.5%, in fact, the import of waste paper in China in recent years, generally 1% -5%. Even 5%, even more than 5% of the import of waste paper with higher impurity, Chinese enterprises will still accept. Often said that the import of waste paper sorting, good quality and strict standards, in fact, the same as the national waste, foreign sellers of export waste paper is still subject to the requirements of Chinese enterprises, not an international standard.


Therefore, the key to the market for waste paper imports in the future will be the Chinese government's enforcement of import policies and the total allowable import quotas. Since the impurity content is 0.3%, 0.5% or 1% or even 5%, the huge China Paper market can be completely digested.

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