Category Archives: Shipping and Logistics

China’s Neighbors Struggle with Plastic Ban

Scrap plastic is overflowing in Asia, including China’s neighboring countries. Thailand, Vietnam, and Malaysia are beginning to experience the effects of the plastic ban, causing concern amongst several countries. In this week’s blog we present the updates regarding waste imports and exports as well as the new challenges the industry is facing. (more…)
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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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Shipping Industry Shakeup: Higher Cargo Rates for Suppliers?

For years, the shipping industry has been facing a crisis of overcapacity. Too much space and too little freight has caused a pattern of plummeting freight rates. While this may benefit US suppliers’ bottom lines in the short run, the issue of overcapacity has caused billion dollar losses across major cargo lines, creating industry monopolies…
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