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EA amends guidance for Chinese exports

The Environment Agency (EA) has revised guidance on the document it requires to authorise the export of packaging waste to China.

As part of the producer responsibility regime, exporters need to provide evidence that the recipients of the exported materials are operating to “broadly equivalent” standards to European facilities.

The agency now allows the presentation of a letter on headed paper from the Chinese company confirming its processing activity and its site address, alongside an import licence and documents that verify operating standards, such as permits, inspection or environmental reports.

This has eased the requirement of providing an Environmental Licence from Chinese facilities.

Phil Conran, director at consultancy 360 Environmental, noted that obtaining such a document was proving “impossible” for some sites due to inconsistency in the Chinese Competent Authorities procedures.

The tighter requirements had led to number of applications from packaging waste exporters being refused by the EA since the beginning of the year, he added.

The updated guidance is available here.

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