J&H Sales International’s Ranjit Baxi has said exports of paper to China from Europe are coming under pressure from other parts of the world.
Speaking at last week’s BIR Convention in Munich, he said that if China were to cut back on its imports of paper, Europe was likely to be the “first to suffer” due to the quality of its material.
He added that China’s recovered fibre imports for the whole of 2011 were on course to be slightly better than the 22.186 million tonnes of 2010, but still well below the 27.643 million tonnes of 2009.
The BIR environmental and technical director Ross Bartley said that there had been a delay in the process to establish end-of-waste criteria in the EU for recovered paper. It is expected that a vote by the Technical Adaptation Committee on the criteria will take place after May next year.
Meanwhile, DS Smith sales and purchasing director Jim Malone was awarded the BIR Paper Division’s Papyrus prize in recognition of his services to paper recycling. He is responsible for handling 2 million tonnes of recovered fibre and other recyclates.