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Exporters warned of new Chinese policies

The Chinese authorities are considering and implementing a series of measures that will affect the import of materials into the country, a leading figure in China’s waste market has said.

Steve Wong, president of the China Scrap Plastics Association, said that from January 2015 applications for the import of waste will be handled by regional environment protection departments rather than by the central government.

They will be processed through a nationwide electronic system which Wong said would speed up the processing of applications and benefit exporters.

The authorities have also started using the system to track loads that reach China by sea through seven ports in the southern province of Guangdong. In December, this will be extended to materials transported by road.

Another proposal under consideration relates to the tax regime on recovered plastics imports.

Currently, Chinese reprocessors benefit from “zero duty” on imported waste plastic if they can prove it will be used in products destined for export, according to Wong, who was speaking at the Bureau of International Recycling conference in Paris.

But customs authorities are considering removing this “zero tariff preferential treatment”, he said. Reprocessors would be eligible for a tax rebate instead.

“[The new regulations and proposals show] the government’s recognition of the value of the plastic recycling industry and its determination to strengthen supervision of the industry in order to facilitate its development in the long run,” said Wong.

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