The Economic Ministry has postponed the date to implement and effectively ban the import of some items made of plastic to the Maldives.
Items set to be banned includes:
- Plastic straws used for liquid consumption
- Plastic cups, spoons, knives, and stirring sticks.
- Styrofoam boxes to package food items
- Plastic bags smaller than 30cm
- Imported supari packets made of plastic
- Plastic coffee cups with a quantity of less than 250ml
- Plastic swabs used for ear hygiene
- Plastic shampoo/soap bottles with a quantity of less than 50ml
- PET bottles with a quantity of less than 500ml (including drinks water)
The ban on these items was previously stated to come into effect starting tomorrow. However, the postponement was made to accommodate and consider the shipping delays faced due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Moreover, to reduce the burden on businesses during the difficult time.
The Economic Ministry stated that the Maldives Customs will permit the import of the items if the Airway Bill of the item is posted before June 1st, even if the shipment arrival date is later than that.
A ban will also be imposed on plastic bags thinner than 50 microns as well as shampoo/soap bottles with a quantity of 200ml starting from December next year. Further, a ban on PET water bottles with a quantity of 1 litre or less will also be implemented starting from December 2023.