Malaysian body SIRIM simplifies inspection process for waste imports from approved MRFs

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Malaysia wants to introduce inspections for waste imports. Inspection body SIRIM now offers alternatives to simplify the process.

Malaysia state-owned inspection agency Sirim has published simplified guidelines for the process of inspections of recovered paper into the country.

In the draft guidelines published in February, pre- and post-shipment inspections were to be carried out for all importers of metal scrap and recovered paper. In mid-September, Sirim held a webinar in which the simplified processes were explained in detail: Exporters and their Malaysian customers are to have a choice of four different procedures, of varying complexity, depending on the facility from which the material comes and which body is carrying out inspections.

Where the recovered raw material does not stem from a Sirim-approved MRF (materials recovery facility), it must be pre-inspected. If the foreign inspection body does not have an agreement with Sirim, the shipment will also need to be inspected at the Malaysian port by the inspection company.

If, on the other hand, pre-shipment is carried out by Sirim or a foreign inspection body which has an agreement with its Malaysian counterpart, no further inspection is required.

This article is an excerpt from our article on the planned Malaysian inspections.

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