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Export Licenses: Packaging and Recycling Laws

What other countries have similar regulations?
Japan: In April, 2000, the Government of Japan will begin full implementation of its Packaging Recycling Law, with manufacturer’s obliged to pay the associated collecting, sorting, transportation and recycling costs for all paper and plastic containers and packaging. In the case of imported products, importers will be held responsible for paying recycling costs. If the imported products are private-labeled, the corporation using the private labeling will be held responsible for recycling costs. U.S. exporters should be aware that Japanese importers might take associated recycling charges into account when choosing goods to import.

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