Maersk to stop recycling shipments to China and Hong Kong

A Maersk vessel at port

Major shipping line Maersk has confirmed that it will no longer accept recycling shipments to China and Hong Kong from 1 September.

As revealed in the most recent weekly market report Maersk was no longer accepting shipments, or being highly selective on what it would accept, along with CMA. Recently, Hapag-Lloyd and MSC had announced they would no longer send recycling shipments to China.


In a statement, Maersk said: “To fully comply with government requirements of the People’s Republic of China about zero solid waste import as of 2021, Maersk would like to inform you that solid waste acceptance will be stopped into the destinations of Chinese Mainland and Hong Kong, effective September 1st 2020 (scheduled departure date).

“This is applicable to all solid waste cargo including wastepaper, scrap metal, used plastics, waste textiles, waste chemicals, and etc…”

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