Restrictions Repealed on Export of Plastics

Governmental Agreement number 333-2011 of December 2011, which set annual quotas for the export of waste, parings and scrap plastic, has been repealed.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

The regulation establishing annual fees implemented by the previous government was rejected by small business owners and recyclers.

Governmental Agreement number 56-2012 of the Ministry of Economy repealing the annual quotas states, "... the measure to restrict exports of these raw materials is considered inappropriate, considering that individuals and small companies engaged in the collection of such materials, for subsequent sale and /or export, generate sources of employment, foreign exchange income and environmental sustainability. "

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