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Don’t Get Snagged on the Fence!

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Delegates to Paper Recycling Conference Asia, 30-31 May 2013 in Shanghai, can gain insight into China’s Operation Green Fence customs policy.

Recyclers and brokers of recovered fibre in Europe, North America and elsewhere are facing increased hurdles selling into their largest market in China.

In late winter and early spring, shippers of secondary commodities into China have slowly begun to learn about “Operation Green Fence,” an effort by Chinese environmental and customs officials to more vigorously inspect (and more willingly reject) what they consider to be sub-par container loads.

Paper Recycling Conference Asia, 30-31 May at the Hongta Hotel in Shanghai, represents an ideal opportunity for packers, merchants and brokers to get on-the-scene insight into this emerging issue.

In each of the past years, North America alone has sent from 570,000 to 695,000 containers filled with scrap materials to China—with recovered fibre being the largest commodity by volume. Europe has sent a similarly large number of shipments to China. But carrying on with business as usual has not been an option for many in the recovered paper sector since Operation Green Fence was implemented in February 2013.

Numerous representatives from Chinese paper companies, government ministries and trade associations are on the roster at Paper Recycling Conference Asia. Delegates will be able to find out from them—and have the opportunity ask—details about the “green fence,” what it is trying to keep out and how long it will last.

The event is being organised and co-hosted by the Recycling Today Media Group, Smithers Pira and China TAPI. A full list of conference topics and speakers can be found here:  http://asia.paperrecyclingconference.com/schedule.aspx.

Those wishing to register and reserve a hotel room to attend Paper Recycling Conference Asia can go to  https://www.smitherspira.com/Events/account-creation.aspx.

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About The Recycling Today Media Group

Founded in 1963 the group publishes Recycling Today magazine, Recycling Today Global Edition magazine, the Paper Recycling Markets Directory, RecyclingToday.com as well as numerous other magazines and directories for the scrap and recycling industry. As the leading media outlet serving the international recycling market, we offer unique and powerful perspective on industry activities and trends. 

About Smithers Pira

Smithers Pira – the worldwide authority on the packaging, paper and print industry supply chains. Established in 1930, Smithers Pira provides strategic and technical consulting, testing, intelligence and events to help clients gain market insights, identify opportunities, evaluate product performance and manage compliance.


Founded in 1964, the China Technical Association of the Paper Industry (CTAPI) is China's largest state-owned agency servicing China's paper industry. CTAPI provides technical services for both production and scientific research. With more than 18,000 members throughout China, CTAPI is internationally active in various academic events and has well-established ties with considerable world-level research institutes.

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