Frankfurt/Beijing - German container shipping line Hapag-Lloyd (HLAG.DE) said it had notified customers it will stop accepting cargoes of solid waste, including scrap metal, bound for China that arrive from Sept. 1 onwards to comply with new legislation.
China in April passed a law, taking effect in September, that holds carriers and importers responsible for the return and disposal of solid waste that fails to meet import requirements.
It plans a blanket ban on solid waste imports by end-2020 for environmental reasons.
“This legislation is applicable to all solid waste cargo such as waste paper, waste plastics, waste metals, waste chemicals etc,” said a June 12 Hapag-Lloyd notice to customers, a copy of which a company spokesman provided in an email.
Any violation “will result in a customs-ordered return of shipment and possible fine may be imposed,” it added.