Italy proposes rule requiring Italian exporters of recovered paper to certify that the targeted country's environmental standards comply with those of the EU; Italian trade association Federmacero says decree lacks criteria

LOS ANGELES , March 29, 2012 () –

Italy is proposing a new rule to require that Italian recovered paper exporters confirm that the country which they are shipping to has environmental standards that comply with those of the European Union, reported EUWID-Paper on March 29.

Italy’s Senate, which previously voted in favor of the measure in a confidence vote, will hold another vote on it in the Chamber of Deputies on April 2.

Recovered paper merchants in Italy have concerns that the regulations on “cross-bordered transportation of waste products” will complicate their export business and put them at a disadvantage in competing with other European countries, EUWID-Paper reported.

Under the proposed decree, exporters of waste materials, including packaging waste, would have to add to their shipments a declaration signed by authorities of the destination country.

The decree does not describe how to obtain the declaration, nor does it present the criteria for comparing the standards of the importing country to those of the exporting country, according to Italy’s recovered paper trade association Federmacero, reported EUWID-Paper.

The measure is meant to ensure that the standards for recycling the materials being exported from Italy are the same for the importing country as they are for the country of origin.

However, Federmacero stated that the uncertainty created by the decree would impede exports of recovered materials from Italy and lead to an oversupply because the volume of recyclables collected in Italy exceeds domestic demand, EUWID-Paper reported.

The primary source of this article is EUWID-Paper, Gernsbach, Germany, on March 29, 2012.


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