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Indonesia to Further Restrict Prohibitives for Recovered Fiber Imports

Indonesia is further restricting preshipment companies to inspect materials for a 0.5 percent prohibitives tolerance.

Despite its plan to implement the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries' (ISRI) specifications, Indonesia has directed preshipment inspection companies to inspect materials for a 0.5 percent prohibitives tolerance, Recycling Today reports.

In June, Indonesia announced it would use ISRI’s specifications for recovered paper, which set a standard of 1 to 2 percent for prohibitives and 3 to 4 percent for outhrows. Indonesia also said it would use ISRI’s specifications to define “homogenous.”

According to the report, ISRI stated it “has been working closely with the government and inspection companies to enhance their understanding of the ISRI specifications, which has led to the government approving imports that meet the ISRI specifications for outthrows. When ISRI visited Indonesia in early July, we were told the government was concerned about the ISRI specifications for prohibitives given the country's poor waste management infrastructure.”

Recycling Today has more:

The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI), Washington, has alerted its members that Indonesia has revised its Recovered Import Paper Standard.

ISRI says the Indonesian government has directed preshipment inspection companies to inspect materials for a 0.5 percent prohibitives tolerance, adding, “Although we have not yet seen the government's official policy, preshipment inspection companies are informing their customers of this requirement.”

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