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Rwanda: Govt Could Ban Imports Packed in Non-Biodegradable Plastic

Published on October 28, 2016

Traders may need alternative packaging for their exports to Rwanda as the government considers imposing a ban on imported products packaged in non-biodegradable polythene material.

The move comes on the back of growing pressure from the Rwanda Private Sector Federation for the government to lift the 2006 ban on domestic manufacturing of non-biodegradable plastic. According to the private sector, the ban raises production costs for local firms.

Rwanda's Minister of Trade, Industry and East African Community Affairs Francois Kanimba said there were plans to restrict imports packed in plastics.

"Goods that directly compete with what is on the domestic market will be restricted by the Rwanda Environmental Management Authority (Rema)," said Mr Kanimba. Source: AllAfrica. Read more...