China banned import of PET wastes in the beginning of this year creating huge piles of PET waste in the US, UK and other countries which used to ship millions of tons of PET waste into China. However, Bureau of International Recycling (BIR) reported that the General Administration of Customs of the People's Republic of China (GACC) will allow the import of high-grade PET bottle flakes, recycled plastics pellets as general goods without the need for a license, if they meet certain criteria.
(provided in Chinese) described PET bottle flakes as high grades A, B, C or D.
It is also mentioned in the report that the recycled plastic pellets can be imported as general goods (without the need for a license) as long as each batch is of the same color with a uniform particle size and shape and packaged uniformly. In addition, the shipments must meet the relevant specification and requirements for plastic materials or products, BIR says.
Recycling associations, PET bottle flakes traders and suppliers await further details in confirmation of these changes. View
the official document from the China’s Ministry of Ecology and Environment mentioning the import of high-grade PET as ordinary goods is allowed and in accordance with general trade regulation.
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