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Total Ban on Imports of Solid Waste in China

4. February 2021

The Law of the People’s Republic of China on the Prevention and Control of Environmental Pollution by Solid Waste was implemented on September 1, 2020. The new law includes:

  1. Complete prohibition of the importation of solid waste from outside of China into China for dumping, depositing or disposal.
  2. Ministry of Ecology and Environment shall stop accepting and approving applications for import licenses for solid wastes that can be used as raw materials in restricted import categories.
  3. Customs special supervision areas and bonded places of supervision within the unit generated by the solid waste not shipped out of the country, in accordance with the relevant provisions of domestic solid waste management. The unshipped solid waste produced by units in the special customs supervision area and bonded supervision area (Including bonded area, comprehensive bonded area and other special customs supervision area and bonded logistics center, type A/B, bonded warehouses and other bonded area of supervision) shall be managed in accordance with the relevant domestic solid waste regulations. For solid waste that needs to be stored, utilized or disposed of outside the area, relevant procedures should be handled with the local government’s administrative department of special customs supervision area and bonded supervision area, and the customs will no longer check relevant approval documents.
  4. For solid wastes generated in the course of production operations by units carrying out bonded repair and remanufacturing operations outside the special supervisory areas and bonded supervisory sites of the Customs that have not been re-shipped out of the country, please refer to the provisions of paragraph 3.

This announcement was implemented on January 01, 2021.
The result of the announcement is that no GACC/ AQSIQ licenses for exporters of solid recycling material are issued anymore and old licenses become invalid.

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About the author: Julian Busch is founder and managing director of MPR China Certification GmbH
Publisher: MPR China Certification GmbH

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