In its first release of import permits for 2019, China’s environmental ministry approved a larger volume of recovered fiber than in any single release last year.
The move suggests China’s government could be gearing up for higher OCC imports in 2019.
The Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE) on Dec. 14 issued permits allowing more than 5.5 million short tons of recovered fiber for import in 2019. That’s more than twice the 2.5 million short tons approved in the first batch of permits in 2018. It’s also higher than any single permit release last year, and it is more than a quarter of the total weight approved for import in 2018.