Fears of China's import ban causing "chaos" on both sides

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Ellin fears the import tariff will cause chaos

China’s restricted import tariff could cause chaos at both ends of the deal, according to Recycling Association chief executive Simon Ellin.

Ellin argues Chinese agencies do not have enough time and resources to adapt to the changes, caused by the restriction being implemented too quickly.

His predications are based on a meeting with the America Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) and Chinese officials.

The meeting brought a series of concerns including fears that the restriction may set off a wave of “copycat rules” in other countries and confusion over what is allowed.

Ellin said: “Until we get to the bottom of the uncertainty, the Recycling Association, like ISRI, is reminding its members and the wider recycling sector of the need to keep material exceptionally clean, take more photos than were required previously and be prepared that even this material can be rejected.”

The World Trade Organization's consultation will end on December 15, 2017.

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