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AF&PA urges Chinese authorities to keep an open market for recovered paper imports


January 3, 2018
By P&PC Staff

Jan. 2, 2018 – American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) president and CEO Donna Harman has announced the association’s filing of formal comments with the World Trade Organization (WTO) and Chinese authorities:

“We believe China has violated their obligations under the WTO and will disrupt international trade and the global market for recovered fibre by their import limiting actions. Specifically, China has mischaracterized certain valuable raw material as ‘solid wastes,’ has taken action not proportional to its own regulation, is favouring its domestic industry over imports and has not provided enough time for U.S. operators to respond. We urge Chinese authorities to immediately engage with the U.S., other WTO member states and appropriate recovered fibre operators and address a number of concerns in order to ensure a free and fair global recycling system.”