EuropElectro Together With Its Association Partners Invites China Regulators to Explain 'China WEEE' for Our Industry on 6 July

published on: 06.07.2012

Qingdao, 6 July 2012

Group photo of organizers and some of the speakers

Ms.Yao Baoling, Senior Director, Regional Technology, B/S/H Home Appliances Holding (China) Co., Ltd.

On 1 July 2012, the ‘Fund Levying and Usage Management Measures for Recycling and Disposal of Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE)’ come into force. According to '2012 No.33 Instruction Several Issues on Charging Fee of WEEE Fund' published by the General Administration of China Customs on 26 June, imported products listed in the relevant HS code catalogue  will be charged under the WEEE Fund after 1 July.
 
The 'China WEEE' Management Rule, published by the State Council, came into force on 1 January 2011. The supporting documents regarding product scope and qualifications for recyclers have already been published. They cover 5 types of products - Refrigerators, Washing machines, Air conditioners, TV and Computer/Monitors as well as relevant 50 HS codes (for imported products).

On  6 July, in order to help our members to better understand the implications and how to comply with the regulation, EuropElectro, together with its association partners such as CEA - Consumer Electronics Association of the United States, CEESTA - China Electronics Energy Saving Technology Association, JEITA - Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association, KEA - Korea Electronics Association, USITO - United States Information Technology Office in China jointly organized a forum, ‘2012 International Forum on Sustainability of Consumer Electronics - Waste Electrical and Electronic Products and Equipment Recycling and Disposal’. This forum took place during the famous 2012 China International Consumer Electronics Show (SINOCES).

During the morning session, the 'China WEEE' regulators provided a comprehensive explanation of the regulation. It provided an excellent opportunity for our industry to learn directly from the 'China WEEE' regulators from China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP), Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT), Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Commerce (MOF). Participants were able to ask the regulators some critical questions during the Q&A session. We have summarized the questions list and will follow up to get complete answers from the regulators. 

It also provided an excellent platform to share our experiences with the 'WEEE' policies as well as best practices sharing by manufacturers from European Union, the U.S., Japan, Korea and China. During the afternoon session, the industries and/or policy makers from the EU, U.S., Japan, Korea and China presented their company or industry practices on WEEE in their respective countries or regions.

At EuropElectro’s invitation, Ms. Yao Baoling, Senior Director, Regional Technology, B/S/H Home Appliances Holding (China) Co., Ltd., introduced “The View of European Domestic Equipment Manufacturers on the Revision of the EU WEEE Directive” from the CECED’s perspective during the meeting. The presentation received very active and positive feedback from the participants.

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