China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) has released a sixth batch of early 2018 scrap materials import quotas. The mid-February quotas were issued exclusively to scrap paper and plastic scrap importers.
The two largest quotas by volume, for a combined 96,000 metric tons of material, were issued to a Nine Dragons Paper (Dongguan) Co. Ltd. facility in south China. Notes attached to those two quotas indicate permission or instructions to “change ports” or “change the mode of trade for general trade.”
Geographically, several of the 36 facilities receiving quotas are in the Chinese city of Hangzhou and surrounding Zhejiang Province.
Scrap paper importers in that region granted quotes include Hangzhou Fuyang Hualong Paper Co. Ltd., Hangzhou Fuyang Xinyuan Paper Co. Ltd., Hangzhou Blue Bird Paper Co. Ltd., Hangzhou Rising Paper Co. Ltd., Zhejiang Dongda Paper Co. Ltd., Zhejiang Fuyang Huatian Paper Co. Ltd., Zhejiang Hengsheng Paper Co. Ltd., Zhejiang Samsung Paper Co. Ltd. and Zhejiang Yongjin Paper Co. Ltd. Most of these companies received quotas permitting imports in the 3,000 to 15,000 metric tons range.
In other regions, the Taizhou Forest Paper Co. in Ningbo received a quota for more than 32,000 metric tons of scrap paper, and additional quotas were granted to companies in Jieshou and Shenzhen, China.
The 26 paper import quotas total just 272,000 metric tons in volume. That represents just 0.9 percent of the 29.2 million metric tons of recovered fiber imported into China in 2015.
Ten of the 36 quotas went to plastics recyclers, with three quotas issued to importers of styrene materials, three of ethylene materials, one for nonbeverage bottle PET (polyethylene terephthalate) scrap and three to importers of “other plastic scrap,” with additional instructions to avoid postconsumer materials.