Last week, China formally notified the World Trade Organization about the country's intent to restrict the imports of scrap plastic and paper beginning next year.
ISRI members and staff fanned out this week in Washington to confirm the earlier rumors with policy makers at both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue.
In meetings at the White House on Wednesday, our issue was included in Commerce Secretary Ross's meeting materials for the joint economic trade talks held later in the day. This follows up on earlier meetings with the White House on this and other subjects. ISRI members and staff also met with several leading senators and members of Congress including Senator Orrin Hatch, Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee with jurisdiction over trade matters; Senator Hatch's counterpart (and good friend of the industry) Ranking Member of Senate Finance Committee, Senator Ron Wyden; Senator John Thune, Chairman of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee; Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell; and House Members Kevin Brady, Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee; Greg Walden, Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee and several other key members of Congress. All agreed to help ensure the administration raises this issue with China in order to find a solution.
ISRI will continue this advocacy in Washington and China and in important trade gatherings this year. We will keep you updated and ask for your help.
For more formation about this subject, please contact Adina Renee Adler, Billy Johnson or myself.