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We received 25 responses to this consultation. The regulations are intended to improve enforcement of the waste export controls set out in the EU Waste Shipments Regulation.
The Transfrontier Shipment of Waste Regulations 2007 (‘the 2007 Regulations’) set out the requirements for the enforcement of the European Union Regulation EC/1013/2006 on the shipment of waste (‘the WSR’) within the UK.
This consultation seeks views on the proposed Transfrontier Shipment of Waste (Amendment) Regulations 2013 which would amend and update the 2007 Regulations.
The proposed changes will cover a number of key areas:
- Setting up the required legal gateway to allow Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) to disclose relevant export data to competent authorities (CAs) in the UK. This will help CAs develop better intelligence on illegal waste exports.
- Clarifying the role of the CAs for the transit of waste and the marine area. Currently the Secretary of State fulfils this role which was a short term measure.
- Allowing the Border Force (BF) to stop and detain suspect containers should the opportunity arise.
- Changing the fees payable for the import and export of waste into and from Northern Ireland. This will better reflect resources needed to enforce the 2013 Regulations and deliver the requirements of the WSR in Northern Ireland.
Changes are also needed as a consequence of the establishment of the new Welsh CA, Natural Resources Body for Wales (NRBW). Enforcement functions for waste imported and exported into and from the UK which start or finish in Wales therefore need to be transferred to the new Welsh CA.
Anyone may respond to this consultation and comment on any aspect of the proposals.