More China import restrictions expected

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Experts have raised concerns about the tariffs

China’s Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE) has announced it will ban a further 32 types of solid waste over the next two years.

Restrictions are expected to come in two parts.

The first will see 16 types of solid wastes including industrial plastic waste, waste hardware and electrical appliances banned from import from December 2018.

Given the current tariffs imposed in December last year, this means all plastic waste and scrap will be prohibited to export to China next year.

In December 2019, a further 16 types of waste and scrap, including stainless steel scrap, titanium scrap and wood waste will be banned.

Robin Wiener, president of the US Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, said the new tariffs are a cause for concern.

He said: “Although we anticipated more import restrictions would be announced, we remain concerned about the effect these policies have on the global supply chain of environmentally-friendly, energy-saving scrap commodities and will instead promote an increased use of virgin materials in China, offsetting the government’s intent to protect the environment.”

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