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Three New Eco-Friendly Express Packaging Standards Set for September Launch

Three new standards for express service packaging have been introduced by the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) and the Standardisation Administration of China. The new standards – GB/T 16606.1-2018 (envelopes), GB/T 16606.2-2018 (boxes) and GBT 16606.3-2018 (bags) – come into force on 1 September this year and are said to be far more environmentally-friendly than those currently in use.

Among the changes is the stipulation that express delivery bags should only be made from biodegradable plastic materials in order to reduce ‘white’ pollution. At the same time, the ratio of paper packaging in couriered envelopes, the recommended thickness of plastic film packaging bags and the volume of cushioning / woven plastic utilised in packaging have all been reduced.

Similarly, the use of single or double-wall corrugated boxes is no longer mandatory providing that the utilised packaging is sufficiently durable, burst-resistant and puncture-proof. The new standards also specify statutory dimensions for express delivery boxes in order to reduce the use of packaging materials and to promote recycling.

For further details (in Chinese), please visit the following links:

China Announces Revised Standards for Express Service Packings to Meet Environmental Protection Requirements

China National Standards Announcement (No. 2 [2018])

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