20 Oct'21

China End Of Waste


This words close doors of a historical trade period and same time it open doors to a new period with new opportunity's.

 For scrap and waste exporters to China very important information!

 Since January 1, 2021, the new rules for import of metal scrap into China were clear, no more waste and scrap but some types were exempted and no longer seen as waste. These new Chinese rules conflicted with the outdated requirements of AQSIQ, CCIC, SEPA and MEP laid down in the EU EVOA law for destination China. A period of doubt and divided interpretation between member states followed in the first 10 months of this year.

 As per November 11, 2021, clarity has been provided, not the wished amendment in which China's exceptions for import of the highest-grade copper, brass and aluminium would be permitted again, but it now appears that a notification procedure (additional export license) is required for all exports under the EU EVOA law to destination China.

 Some doubts are already removed after Dutch Customs and environmental authority (ILenT) confirmed what industry specialists and the association already suspected. This will put an end to competitive differences between various EU member states but unfortunately, contrary to expectations, it will close the border to China completely as the required cooperation of the destination country in the notification procedure of China is not or hardly expected.

We headline with China End Of Waste, it is indeed the end of waste to China but even under this term lies the solution. By starting an End Of Waste process within your company, something that should be quite possible for the materials exempted by China, you would be able to export as End Of Waste beside the EVOA. End Of Waste closes a historical period but also opens new doors to China again.

 For setting up an internal End Of Waste process and audit, we are happy to recommend external parties in personal contact, for the ocean freight requirement that arises in addition, we are happy to remain your Dutch partner.

 We noted this as verry important and felt responsible share this in addition to the message already shared by industry associations, for completeness we share below the BIR information on this subject BIR and the link to the new regulation in various languages and formats.


The long-awaited Commission Regulation, which amends and updates Regulation (EC) No 1418/2007, has now been adopted and is published.


For each non-OECD Country, the Regulation arranges non-hazardous waste into columns for which import conditions or controls apply either as: (a) prohibition; or (b) prior written notification and consent; or (c) no control in the country of destination; or (d) for which national control procedure apply.

This Regulation has been updated regarding the new waste listings made by the UN Basel Convention in 2019. Also over the last years, non-OECD countries that replied to the European Commission have included: Albania, Andorra, Anguilla, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Benin, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cape Verde, Chad, Chinese Taipei, Colombia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Congo, Côte d'Ivoire, Cuba, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Gabon, Georgia, Ghana, Guatemala, Guinea, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hong Kong (China), India, Indonesia, Jamaica, Kosovo*, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon, Liberia, Madagascar, Malaysia, Mali, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, Myanmar/Burma, Namibia, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Qatar, Rwanda, Saint Lucia, San Marino, São Tomé and Príncipe, Senegal, Serbia, Singapore, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vietnam and Zambia.

Here the link to: Commission Regulation (EU) 2021/1840 of 20 October 2021 amending Regulation (EC) No 1418/2007 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.