Vietnam looks set to ban import of mixed paper and mixed plastics

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Vietnam Government meeting to discuss mixed paper and mixed plastic recycling ban

A ban on the import of mixed paper and mixed plastics looks set to be imposed by the Vietnamese Government.

Following instructions from the Prime Minister of Vietnam, a meeting was held last week to discuss reducing the currently permitted list of 36 waste commodity codes allowed for import to an expected 24.

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Vietnam’s Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Tran Hong Ha chaired the meeting of six ministries with the intention of reviewing the list of 36 permitted materials.

At the meeting, it was agreed to remove materials that create a high risk of environmental pollution. In particular, it was referenced that other countries in the region were banning these materials, which is most likely to be a reference to China but potentially also Thailand and Malaysia.

It was also decided that materials would be banned if there wasn’t a history of those products being imported into Vietnam, as well as limiting materials where there was already availability from domestic sources in the country.

Although a full list of materials to be removed from the list was not provided following the meeting, it was made clear that ‘unidentified paper scrap’ and ‘non-categorical plastics’ “may be expected to be restricted and removed”.

This would appear to suggest that commodity code 470790, which is typically known as mixed paper would be banned. This is also banned by China.

It would also appear that commodity code 391590, which refers to ‘other plastics’ of no clear definition would also be prevented from import.

Industry sources exporting to Vietnam have told REB Market Intelligence that this is their understanding that mixed paper and mixed plastics will be banned for export to the country.

However, until the full list of 24 permitted materials is published, this cannot be confirmed.

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment will now work with industries and trade associations to develop long-term guidelines and policies on waste imports, to ensure a supply of raw materials is provided to manufacturers in Vietnam.

The current full list of the 36 commodities allowed into Vietnam:

LIST OF SCRAPS ALLOWED FOR IMPORT AS MANUFACTURING MATERIALS

(According to Decision 73/2014/QD-TTg dated 19/12/2014 by the Prime Minister)

No. Scraps HS code
1 Plaster 2520 10 00
2 Small particle slag (sand slag) from iron or steel metallurgy industry. 2618 00 00
3 Mixed chemical elements used in electronics in plate, thin layer or similar types. 3818 00 00
4 Scraps and pieces of plastics from polymer ethylene (PE): porous type, non-hard. 3915 10 10
5 Scraps and pieces of plastics from polymer ethylene (PE): Other type. 3915 10 90
6 Scraps and pieces of plastics from polymer styrene (PS): porous type, non-hard. 3915 20 10
7 Scraps and pieces of plastics from polymer styrene (PS): Other type. 3915 20 90
8 Scraps and pieces of plastics from polymer vinyl chloride (PVC): porous type, non-hard. 3915 30 10
9 Scraps and pieces of plastics from polymer vinyl chloride (PVC): Other type. 3915 30 90
10 Scraps and pieces of plastics from other types. 3915 90 00
11 Discarded paper or cardboard (scrap and pieces): kraft paper or kraft cardboard or undyed cardboard. 4707 10 00
12 Discarded paper or cardboard (scrap and pieces): other paper or cardboard made mostly from paper pulp collected from the chemical process that are white dye, undyed fully. 4707 20 00
13 Discarded paper or cardboard (scrap and pieces): other paper or cardboard made mostly from paper pulp collected from the mechanical process (e.g, paper for newspaper, magazine or similar publications). 4707 30 00
14 Discarded paper or cardboard (scrap and pieces): other type, including unclassified scraps and pieces. 4707 90 00
15 Silk scrap (including cocoon unsuitable for silk reeling, scrap fiber and recycled fiber). 5003 00 00
16 Glass piece and glass scrap and other pieces; glass in block. 7001 00 00
17 Scrap and pieces of cast iron. 7204 10 00
18 Scrap and pieces of alloy steel: stainless steel. 7204 21 00
19 Scrap and pieces of alloy steel: other type (different from stainless steel). 7204 29 00
20 Scrap and pieces of iron or tin coated steel. 7204 30 00
21 Scrap and pieces of iron or steel: hobbed, planed, chop, scale and bavia iron shavings, not press into blocks or in package, bar, cluster. 7204 41 00
22 Scraps and other pieces of iron or steel: other type. 7204 49 00
23 Re-melt foundry pig (iron, steel, cast iron) scrap. 7204 50 00
24 Copper scrap and pieces 7404 00 00
25 Nickel scrap and pieces. 7503 00 00
26 Aluminum scrap and pieces. 7602 00 00
27 Zinc scrap and pieces. 7902 00 00
28 Tin scrap and pieces. 8002 00 00
29 Wolfram scrap and pieces. 8101 97 00
30 Molybdenum scrap and pieces. 8102 97 00
31 Magnesium scrap and pieces. 8104 20 00
32 Titanium scrap and pieces. 8108 30 00
33 Zirconium scrap and pieces. 8109 30 00
34 Antimony scrap and pieces. 8110 20 00
35 Manganese scrap and pieces. 8111 00 00
36 Chromium scrap and pieces. 8112 22 00

 

 

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