China 2020 ban impact on fiber market – Another Regime Wave

China 2020 ban

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Amidst barring the non-Chinese travelers from UK, the China 2020 ban seems to have a significant impact on fiber markets.

Market transformation

  • The China 2020 ban resulting in declining imports of recovered paper has led to market transformation as one of the cause and effect relationships.
  • In a status report on the market’s supply-and-demand balance deliberated at the October 14 panel discussion of Bureau of International Recycling’s (BIR’s) Paper Division, the measures to boost recovered paper markets globally were thoroughly pondered by the participants.
  • Panel discussions also highlighted the fact how the loss caused due to China 2020 ban could be offset by new entrants in the market.

Is the global recycling paper industry all set for the coming year’s full exit from the China market?

  • Since 2017, China has significantly lessened its recovered paper imports. Consequently, the world has turned away from importing recyclables.
  • The paper has undergone a steady decline, like plastic, which was suddenly restricted from imports starting in 2018.
  • The Bureau of International Recycling (BIR) facilitated a fiber-centered commodity meeting during its virtual show recently in 2020. The meeting had China’s forthcoming full-scale import boycott at the front line.
  • In 2017, China imported 28.4 million short tonnes of recovered fibre, a figure which in 2018 tumbled to 18.8 million short tonnes.
  • Imports have dropped again to 11.4 million short tonnes by 2019, and the nation’s BIR ventures will import around as contrasted with 2020.

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The Doyen’s views

  • Baxi, former president of the Paper Division of BIR, said that the relatively rapid reduction in imports into China every year weakened the market hit.
  • Further added, “I think it has permitted the business to attempt to reposition itself into more up to date markets, discovering more current sources, because the fiber consumption is as yet not changed”.
  • In the words of Baxi, the magnitude of worry due to Chinese new regime on imports is confined only to 5 million tons of fiber, unlike the preceding years where it used to be colossal in nature.
  • Francisco Donoso, divisional vice president at Alba Services Verdes, the Spain-based recycling company proposed a slightly different approach.
  • He welcomed the views of Baxi, further he notified that although the China 2020 ban was slow, the frequency that has been separated from China in recent years has not discovered any market opportunities.

Future of Paper Industry

  • As per the Recycling industry latest updates, BIR published the synopsis of the discussion emphasizing the technological developments of the paper industry.
  • In this pandemic year, the global recovered paper market has experienced a transformation since China has restricted its imports of recovered paper and recyclers are seeking new sources for that product, the speakers communicated during the panel of the Bureau of International Recycling (BIR) Paper Division during the World Recycling Convention Week of the association.


The Chinese regime on banning imports has given some transitional jitters but has resulted in paving paths for seeking new horizons during the pandemic period. It is evident that China import ban has put the industry in a cautious state. However, this gradual reduction in imports into China has enabled the players to find new markets and new outlets globally.

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