Vietnam is the latest country to prepare a ban on the import of recovered mixed paper, according to a regulation document the prime minister released in late September.
The document, which identifies the commodity by its harmonized code (4707.90), states mixed paper can be imported until Dec. 31, 2021, implying a ban that begins in 2022. The ban also applies to granulated slag (2618.00). RISI and Resource Recycling previously reported on the ban.
Vietnam has been an unpredictable importer of mixed paper from U.S. recyclers. According to data from the U.S. International Trade Commission and ISRI, Vietnam imported more than 40,000 mt of mixed paper from the United States in 2019, making it the U.S.’s 10th largest importer of the commodity. This was a drop from the prior two years—Vietnam imported more than 67,000 mt of mixed paper from the United States in 2018 and close to 93,000 mt in 2017—but an increase from 2016 and 2015, when the country imported only about 12,000 mt and 14,500 mt respectively. As of August of this year, U.S. mixed paper exports to Vietnam had dropped to approximately 15,000 mt.
The ban does not appear to affect old corrugated cardboard. Visit vanbanphapluat.co/decision-28-2020-qd-ttg-the-list-of-waste-permitted-for-import-as-production-materials.