Australian Exporters are abusing waste paper definitions

Australian domestic paper and board mills as well as major independent exporters agreed in 2003 on recovered paper definitions to meet international standards.  Unfortunately these same agreed definitions are being ignored and in their place, 1st Whites are used to describe sorted white ledger.  Unfortunately, the grade exported is office pack which has a value of $100 less,  and consequently Australia is getting a bad reputation for blatant grade definition abuse.

It is easy to be competitive for domestic tonnage when the material will be mispresented when exported.  This unethical practice inflates domestic prices, but also creates buyer uncertainty and reluctance to purchase Australian origin which affects the genuine exporters.