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Plastic Recycling January 17, 2020 11:30:16 AM

E-Plastics Export Trade Faces Disruption in the U.S.

Paul Ploumis
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Asia has been a key market destination for plastics recovered from electronics, with China accounting for bulk of the U.S. exports.

E-Plastics Export Trade Faces Disruption in the U.S.

SEATTLE (Scrap Monster):  The proposed new restriction by Chinese government authorities on pellet imports starting April this year is feared to impact the U.S. exports of e-plastics.

Asia has been a key market destination for plastics recovered from electronics, with China accounting for bulk of the U.S. exports. However, the recent Chinese ban on imports of post-consumer scrap plastic has forced many Chinese companies to shift their recycling operations to other facilities in Southeast Asia. These facilities mainly import scrap plastic bales, process them into pellets and ship them back to China, thereby bypassing the import restrictions on scrap plastic.

 

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However, according to the China Scrap Plastic Association (CSPA), the Chinese government has decided to impose stricter controls on imports of pellets as well, starting April 2020. This will further tighten purity standards. Accordingly, the country would permit imports of containers pellets that adhere to consistent melt flow, impact strength and other properties. The authorities will allow only for 3% to 5% quality difference, CSPA noted.

The prescribed high purity standards are likely to disrupt exports of U.S. e-plastics, as many of the country’s recyclers are unlikely to comply with them.

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