China restricts ports that solid waste can be exported to

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Chinese customs officials inspect waste materials

China’s General Administration of Customs (GAC) has released a list of ports that solid waste can only be imported through.

From 1 January 2019, only 18 ports (the full list is below) will be allowed to handle solid waste imports, in order “to further standardise the management of solid waste imports and prevent and control environmental pollution”.


Only materials allowed for import by the Chinese Government will be allowed to be shipped via these ports and importers will need to fill in the customs code relating to the port when they apply for a solid waste license.

As revealed by REB Market Intelligence, importers are currently having to reapply for their import licenses.

This move has been expected for some time, as it was announced as part of China’s plan to reduce solid waste imports in August 2017.

The ports that will be able to accept solid waste imports from the beginning of 2019 are:

  • Tianjin
  • Tangshan
  • Dalian
  • Shanghai Port Waigaoqiao
  • Shanghai Port Yangshan
  • Taicang
  • Jiaxing
  • Ningbo
  • Fuzhou
  • Xiamen
  • Qingdao
  • Guangzhou South
  • Nansha
  • Shenzen Shekou
  • Humen
  • Xinhui
  • Zhanjiang
  • Zhangzhou

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