Turkey bans import of PE-based 391510 plastics

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Turkey’s Government has banned the import of commodity code 391510 plastics that are typically grades such as PET, HDPE and LDPE.

In its Official Gazette, Turkey’s Ministry of Trade added a further notification to its previous ban of certain plastics in December that means entry of PE-based plastics with this commodity code will be banned within 45 days of today.

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Effectively, those that export PET, HDPE and LDPE to Turkey have until 2 July 2021 to get material into the country.

With Asian countries largely closed to imports, Turkey was a vital destination for UK material, but this now leaves the EU as the main market for plastics as shown by recent export data.

At the end of 2020, Turkey banned the imported of mixed plastics and material that had been mechanically sorted.

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