President of the Jamaica Manufacturers and Exporters Association, JMEA, Richard Pandohie, says without a reasonable timeline in implementing the third phase of the plastic ban , there will be a negative impact on local traders.

He says that Jamaica Customs might not be able to enforce compliance on imported alternatives based on volume.

He was responding to Friday’s press conference on Phase three of the single plastic use ban.

Mr. Pandohie says, local manufacturers are requesting an exemption of straw ban for export market, citing that overseas buyers do not require such standards.

He says,without a joint strategy, local manufacturers are forced to compete with imports that may be non-compliant.

Richard Pandohie, JMEA Chairman, speaking with Nationwide’s Jerome Jackson.

Mr. Pandohie says, while the ban on Styrofoam is being considered a success, increased importation of plastic defeats the purpose.