RISI VIEWPOINT: Is a complete ban on all recovered paper imports to China imminent?

By Hannah Zhao, Senior Economist, Recovered Paper, RISI

It has been one year since China announced its mixed paper ban in July 2017. In addition to the mixed paper ban and the 0.5% contamination standard, which officially took effect on December 31, 2017, and March 1, 2018, respectively, China enacted several inspection and pre-inspection rules targeting mainly US recovered paper (RCP) in May-June 2018. The seemingly constant changes in Chinese recovered paper import regulations have caused turmoil in the global RCP markets over the past 12 months. Prices for bulk grades plunged in the major exporting regions, while prices for domestically ...

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