Exporting waste plastic to Pakistan

Question

Hi I was thinking about exporting recyclable plastic to Pakistan,
would it be more feasible to buy it from a collecting company which already deals in its collection or would it be more feasible to get it direct from customers ( ie companies , retailers etc) and what kind of cost am I looking at through the whole supply chain process ?

Regards,
Usman

Answer

Hi there Usman,

I imagine it would be more feasible to collect it from a company which already has efficient means of collating the plastic to save you the time and money of trying to collect it directly yourself.

Presumably you would be looking at sea freight in this case which I am guessing would cost you around £1100-£1400 to send a 20ft/40ft container from door up to Karachi port only. This is just to give you an indication of costs for transit only. This doesn’t account for any costs already incurred, the costs of loading a container, any potential add-ons etc.

The actual collection and delivery points will obviously alter your costs, and if you were arranging to deliver a container to a specific point in Pakistan your costs would go up quite a bit more too.

Other thing to watch out for is that with the goods being considered ‘waste’, agents and shipping lines are likely to be more reluctant to ship the goods. Reason being that a lot of containers containing ‘waste’ were previously being left unclaimed at destination ports (particularly in countries such as Pakistan if I’m not mistaken). Be wary of this also, as the liability for unclaimed cargo at destination could ultimately revert back to you.

Waste also comes with added controls and compliances which you will need to read up on if you haven’t already – https://www.gov.uk/guidance/importing-and-exporting-waste.

Answer

Thanks a lot for the prompt reply Simon will def message you for further help if you have the time.

Regards,
Usman

Answer

Of course Usman. Happy to help where I can – Simon

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