In 2012 the Vietnamese Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, in coalition with the Ministry of  International Trade, published directives for the importation of the waste material such as paper, plastic scrap, rubber waste and scrap metal.  In these directives it is stipulated that each consignment of recyclable paper, plastic, rubber or metal, imported into Vietnam should undergo a pre shipment inspection prior to the loading of the consignment.

Although the directives stated pre shipment inspections are compulsorily as from January 1st 2013, actual verification of PSI’s proves still to be a gap in the system.

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