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China: Ministry of Ecology and Environment issues “Announcement on Matters concerning the Complete Ban on Import of Solid Waste"

  • 27 November 2020

BIR would like to share with its members the following announcement* made by the Chinese Ministry of Ecology and Environment:

MEE Announcement No. 53 2020 

The "Law of the People's Republic of China on the Prevention and Control of Environmental Pollution by Solid Wastes" was revised and passed at the 17th meeting of the Standing Committee of the 13th National People's Congress on April 29, 2020, and came into force on September 1, 2020. In order to implement the revised contents of the "Law of the People's Republic of China on the Prevention and Control of Environmental Pollution by Solid Wastes" related to the management of solid waste imports, and to do a good job in related work, the relevant matters are hereby announced as follows.  

 1. It is forbidden to import solid waste in any way. It is forbidden to dump, stack and dispose of solid waste from outside of China.

2. The Ministry of Ecology and Environment has stopped accepting and approving applications for import licenses for imported solid waste that can be used as raw materials; the import licenses for solid waste that have been issued in 2020 that can be used as raw materials should be stated in the certificate use within the validity period of 2020, and expire automatically after the expiry date.

3. Solid waste produced by units in special customs supervision areas and bonded supervision places (including special customs supervision areas such as bonded areas and comprehensive bonded areas and bonded logistics centers (type A/B), bonded warehouses and other bonded supervision places), shall be managed in accordance with domestic solid waste regulations. If it is necessary to leave the area for storage, utilization or disposal, it shall go through relevant procedures with the administrative department of the local government in the special customs supervision area and bonded supervision place, and the customs shall no longer check the relevant approval documents.

4. The solid waste generated during the production operations of bonded repair and remanufacturing business units outside the special customs supervision area and bonded supervision site shall be implemented with reference to the third paragraph.   

This announcement will be implemented on January 1, 2021.

  •  The former Ministry of Environmental Protection, the General Administration of Customs, and the former General Office of the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine "Notice on Strengthening Solid Waste Import Management and Law Enforcement Information Sharing" (Huanban [2011] No. 141)
  •  The former Ministry of Environmental Protection, Development and Reform Commission, Ministry of Commerce , General Administration of Customs, former General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine 2015 Announcement No. 69
  •  The former Ministry of Environmental Protection, Ministry of Commerce, Development and Reform Commission, General Administration of Customs, former General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine Announcement No. 39 of 2017
  •  The Ministry of Ecology and Environment, Ministry of Commerce,  Development and Reform Commission and the General Administration of Customs Announcement No. 6 of 2018, and 
  •  The Ministry of Ecology and Environment, the Ministry of Commerce, the Development and Reform Commission, and the General Administration of Customs the announcement No. 68 of 2018

shall be repealed at the same time.

*DISCLAIMER: The above English version is a translation of the original in Chinese and is provided for information purposes only. While reasonable efforts are made to provide accurate translations, portions may be incorrect. In case of discrepancy, the Chinese version will prevail.

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