Category Archives: Market Conditions

China Speaks Up About U.S. Waste Exports

Every year, the U.S. capitalizes on the $5 billion recycling business created through their disposal of waste exported to China in shipping containers. We recently blogged about China’s ambiguous notifications to the World Trade Organization (WTO) on July 18th and have more information to answer our questions regarding import bans. U.S. recyclers have been anxiously…
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China Offers More Clues Regarding Import Bans

Since China’s initial notification to the World Trade Organization (WTO) on July 18th of this year, Chinese authorities have continued to drop hints as to specific material grades slated for rejection. Though agency hints remain rather nebulous, we now believe we have more information that may help the US recycling industry and exporters prepare for…
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China officially bans mixed paper imports

Just recently, China announced additional regulations that officially prohibit the import of all mixed paper by December 31st of this year. On August 16th, China updated the “Catalogue for the Administration of the Import of Solid Waste” to include custom codes 4707900010 and 4707900090, which pertain to mixed paper. The prohibition covers four classes and…
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China’s material bans affect some materials more than others

China makes rumors official, notifies WTO of solid waste imports ban In the latter half of July, China notified the World Trade Organization (WTO) of their proposed solid waste imports ban, citing environmental and human health and safety concerns as the primary reasons for the material embargo. According to the WTO filing, the prohibition will…
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