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Indonesia tightens paper import rules

The Indonesian Government has clamped down on recovered paper imports, according to reports.

Paper industry business intelligence site RISI said some exporters were holding back offers to Indonesia in response to the country’s Government enacting new regulations on 17 July which had tightened up inspections.

The new regulations mean government-appointed inspection companies will now carry out pre-shipment inspections of cargoes bound for Indonesia, adding significant costs to exporters, according RISI.

RISI said imports halted over the month of Ramadan but should pick up again in September.

The news comes as paper exporters adjust to a tightening of quality inspections of mixed paper at Chinese ports which have left containers quarantined with some reportedly sent back to the country of origin.

According to a WRAP report from 2010, 23% of Indonesia’s recovered paper imports came from the UK in 2008, with a total of 420,000 tonnes of material exported in 2009.

Almost half this was newsprint and magazines, with the rest a mixture of old corrugated containers and mixed grades.

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