Carriers Turn Down Waste Cargoes as China Tightens Import Rules

In late April, the Chinese government amended its law on the control of solid waste, including measures that clamp down even further on the importation of recycled materials from Western nations.

On April 29, China adopted a legal revision that requires its agencies to move gradually towards “zero” importation of solid wastes. It also raised the customs penalty for waste smuggling fivefold, setting a new upper limit of $700,000, and it makes ocean carriers jointly liable for infractions effective September 1.

The new joint liability provision has led at least two carriers to reconsider their involvement in shipping wastes to China. In May, MSC said that it would stop accepting all solid waste cargoes bound for China effective June 1. On June 12, Hapag-Lloyd followed suit, cautioning its customers that it will not accept any China-bound solid waste cargoes – including scrap metal – with arrival dates on or after September 1.

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Source: The Maritime Executive (26-06-2020)

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