It will probably take at least another 6 weeks before EU-based exporters of recovered paper can ship to India again.
ERPA, the recovered paper section of the European recycling association EuRIC, recently updated its members and warned that further delay was expected. The European Commission had informed ERPA that the legal services have criticised the chosen procedure (=corrigendum) to fix the India mistake and have instructed DG Trade to switch to a more ordinary legislative procedure. This procedural modification does not change the fact that the mistake will be fixed, however, it does (again) severely delay the process by at least 6 weeks, ERPA said.
India is the EU's biggest external buyer of recovered paper. The country currently has high demand for fibre, but few opportunities to buy, as US ports are congested and EU countries cannot supply them due to the ban. Some Indian paper mills are reportedly even running out of fibre, experts told EUWID.
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