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Indonesia to tighten checks on recovered materials imports

Recovered materials shipped to Indonesia on or after the 24 June 2009 will face new import checks brought in by the Indonesian Government. Containers of recovered metals, paper and plastics will need to be pre-inspected by an agency appointed by the countrys Ministry of Trade.

Only two agencies, SGS and BV are currently authorised to do this and an agent must be present during the entire loading and sealing of containers.

This change is Indonesias response to poor quality commingled imports and tighter controls were set to begin on 24 December 2008. But recovered materials trade associations in the country, representing paper, iron and steel, asked the Government to review the rules. This meant the implementation was delayed until 24 June.

BIR and Indonesian trade associations are holding ongoing discussions with the Government to ease the required checks. One proposal is that agents can visit Indonesian sites to check material quality.

Checks no problem
But an experienced paper exporter told MRW: This inspection by SGS is no different to the checks by the Chinese CCIC, which has been going on for a long time. The only thing thats different is the photographic evidence taken by the CCIC.

Everything is getting more bureaucratic and theres a higher degree of sensitivity to it. The argument against increasing bureaucracy is not a new one. But if thats what a country requires you just have to get on with it.

BIR Paper Division president Ranjit Baxi has urged the Indonesian Paper Producers Trade Association to tell their government that recovered fibre imports are not waste but a raw material.
But the industry source added: BIR will have felt upward pressure form its members saying the checks are ridiculous. So it will rattle its sabre and say, see were doing what we can.

Import volumes
Indonesia imports about 3 million tonnes of recovered fibre and about 4 million tonnes of metal scrap. These quantities are imported by about 15 to 17 paper mills and about 20 to 22 iron and steel importers. Imports of plastic scrap are also allowed into Indonesia, with an estimated quantity of about 300,000 million tonnes per year.
 

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