Ivory Coast plastic bags ban impacts west Africa PE: distributor

18 October 2013 16:11  [Source: ICIS news]

DUSSELDORF (ICIS)--A decision by the Ivory Coast to ban the production and use of plastic bags by the end of the year is impacting the polyethylene (PE) market, a distributor said at the K2013 plastics fair on Friday.

“The Ivory coast has a ban on plastic film,” the source said. “It’s for environmental reasons.”

The source added that with the Ivory Coast the second biggest polymer market in west Africa, after Nigeria, it is a serious issue.

“It’s impacting demand, people are cancelling orders. It’s very bad for us,” the source said.

The distributor added that the impact of this had not been realised until recently.

“Nobody took it seriously,” the source said.

The Ivory Coast has reportedly decided to ban the production, use and commercialisatin of plastic bags by the end of 2013.

K2013 began on 16 October and runs until the 23rd.

By: Jo Pitches
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