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Paper Recycling January 09, 2019 12:30:13 PM

Recovered Fiber Imports by China Set to Surge in 2019

Paul Ploumis
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The approved permits for recovered fiber had totaled 20.6 million short tons in the whole of 2018.

Recovered Fiber Imports by China Set to Surge in 2019

SEATTLE (Scrap Monster): The initial round of permits issued by the Chinese Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE) indicates that the country is likely to import larger volumes of recovered fiber during the current year, upon comparison with 2018.

The first batch of permits issued for the year 2019 on December 14, 2018 has approved imports of 5.5 million short tons of recovered fiber for the current year. This is more than double the permits for OCC imports during the first batch of permits in 2018, which had totaled only 2.5 million short tons. It must be noted that the second batch of permits released on December 29, 2018 had approved additional 476,000 tons of recovered fiber.

The approved permits for recovered fiber had totaled 20.6 million short tons in the whole of 2018. As per customs statistics, the country had imported 16.2 million short tons of the material during the first eleven months of the previous year.

Meantime, research reports indicate that recovered paper demand is expected to witness considerable growth over the next decade, mainly on account of the rising demand for recycled packaging alternatives. The rising popularity of online shopping has led to increased acceptance of corrugated containers and boxes for shipping materials to near as well as distant locations. Incidentally, China is the leading consumer of recovered fiber in the entire Asia-Pacific region, studies suggest.

However, the Chinese administration is feared to impose restrictions on OCC imports in future, as part of its long-term goal to eliminate all solid wasted imports into the country.

This story originally appeared in www.resource-recycling.com

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