South Korea Delays Implementation of Parcel Packaging Ban

The South Korean environment ministry has decided to delay the enforcement of a new regulation aimed at reducing excessive parcel packaging, citing concerns over the impact on small and mid-sized businesses. The rule, which mandates limiting empty space in delivery boxes and restricts the use of disposable wrapping to a single layer, will now have a two-year grace period before taking effect.

According to Yonhap News Agency, Officials announced Thursday that firms with annual sales under 50 billion won would be exempt from the ban, highlighting the government's intent to address packaging waste without placing undue burden on smaller companies. The ministry is also collaborating with major distribution and logistics companies to encourage the use of eco-friendly materials and explore reusable packaging solutions, aiming to mitigate environmental impact.

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