Chinese continue focus on quality


Customs officials in Chinese ports are maintaining their focus on improving the quality of material entering the country with reports emerging that they are telling paper mills to maintain quality.

SCM understands that Chinese Inspection and Quarantine (CIQ) officials have gathered together all of the paper mills surrounding most of the key ports and told them that they must control the quality of material entering the country.


Sources told SCM that at the meeting in Jiangmen, CIQ officials emphasised that all the paper mills must control the waste paper they buy and must not import prohibited materials such as used plastic drinking bottles, waste plastics and other wastes as part of the paper bales.

CIQ officials intend to maintain strict inspections at port terminals of secondary material imports over the coming months, SCM understands, and only very high quality material will be allowed through with inferior loads rejected and sent back to the place of origin.

Paper originating from UK MRFs continues to be the focus of inspections, although other materials are also being subject to tougher inspections by CIQ officials.