The quantity of scrap containers imported at seaports tends to increase
One of the recent issues of the paper industry is the problem of scrap import for producing packaging paper and paper products in general. Recently, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment held a meeting and proposed the proposal in a way that is contrary to Directive 27 of the Prime Minister.
The lack of raw materials for packaging paper and paper products poses a major challenge for organizations and businesses operating in the industry. Recently, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment held a meeting to discuss scrap import, hosted by Mr. Tran Hong Ha, Minister of Natural Resources and Environment. At the meeting, Vietnam Environment Administration issued a proposal to ease the import duty on scrap with primary processing units. According to the General Department of Environment, this unit is receiving some dossiers requesting the granting of certificates of scraps of imported scraps to produce intermediate products such as commercial plastic granules.
According to the regulations, some intermediate products from scrap recycling such as steel billets, recycled pulp and recycled plastic resins are commodity products, as well as materials for the manufacture of steel products, paper and plastic. Many facilities have already started infrastructure and production lines before the effective date of Prime Minister's Directive 27. These establishments meet all conditions for environmental protection in the import of discarded materials as raw materials for production according to the provisions of law.
Therefore, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment suggested to assign the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment and the Department of Natural Resources and Environment of provinces and cities to continue to consider and issue certificates to organizations and individuals to import scraps to produce intermediate products such as steel billets, recycled pulp and recycled plastic pellets if these organizations meet the environmental requirements.
This proposal from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment is considered to be somewhat contrary to Directive 27 / CT-TTg on some urgent measures to strengthen the management of the import and use of scrap as raw materials for production of the Prime Minister. The directive stipulates that the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment shall not grant permission for production establishments to import scrap materials for the purpose of preliminary processing, treatment and sale of raw materials.
This proposal is being consulted by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment and relevant ministries before submitting to the Government.
Also in this meeting, Mr. Mai Xuan Thanh, Deputy Director General of Customs said that the volume of imported scrap container at ports still tends to increase. On 30/11/2018, the number of containers in the ports was 20.596, the number on 18/10/2018 is 19.376 containers, up 1220 containers. Over 90 days of scrap imports totaled 10,124 containers, up to 1136 containers in just over a month.
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