Comments solicited for Amendment of Standardization Law

On 22 March, the Legislative Affairs Office of the State Council released for comment an Amendment of Standardization Law (Draft for Comment) drafted by the General Administration of Quality, Inspection and Quarantine. This is the first amendment since the law came into force in 1989.  Under the old law, the standards are divided into national standards, industrial standards, local standards and company standards. National, industrial and local standards are further divided into compulsory and voluntary standards. At present only the national standards are classified into compulsory standards and voluntary standards and only central government has the power to formulate national standards.

The compulsory standards will be unified by the exclusive regulation of the central government after the amendment becomes effective. This will change the current problem that the compulsory standards are too broad and even conflict with each other. It will be clearer for businesses to know what compulsory standards they should satisfy.

Specifications for Filling the Customs Declaration Form of Imports and Exports (“Specifications”) has been amended

The General Administration of Customs has released amended Specifications to unify all the specifications randomly provided in different policies. New specifications for filling, such as “Country/Region of Trade” “Country/Region of Origin” “Country/Region of Final Destination” and other parts of the declaration are added.  Some declaring items that are void or no longer necessary are deleted from the declaration form.

The following three items of news are about recycling of waste textiles. Textile recycling has become a hot issue in China recently.

Proposal of legal developments of textile recycling

It has been reported that, during the opening of this year’s National People’s Congress (NPC) and Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), one of the NPC’s members, GAO Dekang, who is also the Chairman of Bosideng International Holdings Ltd., made a proposal regarding the establishment of a waste textile recycling system. Statistics shows that every year China generates about 26 million tons of waste textile products, but only 14% is recycled. However, due to the insufficient supply of domestic material, the import of raw material is high, up to 65%. Therefore, it is necessary and of great potential to build a recycling system to solve this problem. He also suggested introducing Internet Plus mode when building the online platform to expedite recycling transactions, which seems to echo the Guiding Opinions of the State Council on Actively Propelling the Internet Plus Action Plan.

Beijing will set up a base in Hebei Province for disposal of waste textiles and 2000 recycling sites for waste clothes

It has been reported that Beijing Environment Sanitation Engineering Group Co., Ltd is engaged in establishing a disposal base of waste textiles in Hebei Province. The base will be capable of disposing of 50,000 tons of waste textiles per year and the waste textiles will be collected by setting up 2000 recycling sites in Beijing.

Zhejiang aims to build the biggest waste textile recycling base across the nation and its Fiber Inspection Bureau commenced research on recycling of waste textiles

It has been reported that Zhejiang Jiaren New Materials Co., Ltd and 浙江绿宇环保有限公 司 (English name of the company cannot be found) plans to invest in the construction of the largest recycling base of waste textiles in Shaoxing, Zhejiang Province. The base is expected to recycle 600,000 tons of waste textiles per year.  Zhejiang Fiber Inspection Bureau also started a research on the recycling of waste textiles in order to analyze the development and make suggestions to the government.