Ban lifted, EU will start exporting paper & paper wastes to India

BAN LIFTED, European Union will resume shipments of the recovered papers concerned to India

An apparent ban on recovered paper exports from EU to India has been attributed to a clerical error, but the error has been rectified now by European Union in its latest publication. The modification of regulation 1418/2007 has been published in the official gazette of the European Union on 31st March 2022, correcting the error in India, so that as of tomorrow, the date on which it comes into force, trade-in recovered paper will be allowed.

Amending Commission Regulation (EC) No 1418/2007 of 29 November 2007 concerning the export for recovery of certain waste listed in Annex III or IIIA to Regulation (EC) No 1013/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council to certain countries to which the OECD Decision on the control of transboundary movements of wastes does not apply.

In the new EU Regulation 2021/1840 published in the official journal of the European Union in Oct 2021, the entry for recovered paper (B3020) now appears in the annex’s column a) for India, indicating that shipments of that material from the EU to that country were banned. EU Regulation 1418/2007 which lists the waste types which may be exported from the EU to individual non-OECD countries for recovery and which control procedures apply to them.

Govt of India has done the necessary actions to get this done based on Industry’s request and hope to see the pressure gets released & prices travel in a right direction soon. Also there is a need of a wake-up call for paper mills to manage the procurement in future since the same kind of barriers may happen in now & then.

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