The Chinese ban on recovered paper imports: An international disruption, TAPPI JOURNAL November 2017
Mountains of paper grow on the docks of Hong Kong, waiting to enter China. Elderly paper collectors in Hong Kong lose income because they can-not find buyers for their baskets full of used boxes. A German shipper no longer accepts paper shipments bound for China. Old corrugated cardboard (OCC) prices in Arkansas drop by $50/ton. From New Zealand to Great Britain, and everywhere in between, the disruption of fiber flow into China continues to shake the world of recovered paper.
In a document sent to the World Trade Organization (WTO), China indicated a desire to reduce the trash entering their country. In addition, China delayed issuing the required import licenses and caused everyone in the recovered paper business to adapt. Material transfer facilities around the world are looking for new buyers for their mate-rial. Outside of China, recycle plants are filling their ware-houses with cheaper recovered paper and considering ways to store more paper. Chinese recycle mills are searching for fiber, and companies in China are struggling to find packaging and shipping materials.
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