The opening session of the 2017 Paper & Plastics Recycling Conference Europe event, set for Nov. 7-8 in Warsaw, Poland, will offer presentations designed to offer attendees the latest updates on import restrictions being initiated in China.
Activities of China’s Ministry of the Environment (MEP) and directives issued by China Customs and other central government agencies have played a dominant role in demand for and pricing of many plastic and paper scrap grades and 2017—and are poised to do so for the rest of this decade.
The opening session of the 2017 Paper & Plastics Recycling Conference Europe, Tuesday morning, Nov. 7, is titled Gateways and Barriers: The Export Situation I. It will examine the increased inspection and customs scrutiny faced by paper and plastic recyclers trading with China, and how the industry is responding to the 2017 series of Chinese government directives.
Brian Taylor of the Recycling Today Media Group will offer a presentation created by Steve Wong, chairman of the Hong Kong-based Fukutomi Company and president of the China Scrap Plastics Association (CSPA). The presentation is designed to present the latest information gathered by the CSPA on China’s plastic scrap import situation.
Existing and looming restrictions on mixed paper and other recovered fiber grades will be the focus of a presentation by Craig Robinson, the purchasing director of Cycle Link UK. Presenter Thijs Cox of Netherland-based Ciparo BV will provide the perspective of one of Europe’s longest tenured traders of recyclables with China. Cox, whose firm trades both paper and plastic scrap, lived in China for more than a decade and spent much of his summer of 2017 in the nation.
The opening session on Tuesday morning will be followed by one titled Gateways and Barriers: The Export Situation II, which will offer updates on paper and plastic scrap trading opportunities existing and emerging in the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) region and the Indian subcontinent.