In a new law introduced on 1 April
Anybody exporting scrap metal to India will need to provide the video of an inspection carried out by a certified Pre-Shipment Inspection Agency (PSIA).
The video will need to contain:
- The time, date, place of the inspection
- Photographs of the exporter and the representative of the importer (if available)
- The name and identity number of the inspector
- The instrument number
- The container number
- Filling the container up and the sealing going on.
- Registration number on which the container is loaded
- The process of signing of the PSIA certificate by the authorized person.
Once completed, the video will need to be uploaded to the Directorate’s website for inspection by customs officials.
No changes were made for importing waste paper and plastics into India
In a statement, the Metal Recycling Association of India said that these measures “will bring the scrap metal industry to a halt”.
It added: “Many foreign suppliers have already started cancelling earlier contracts and have stopped all scrap shipments to India on force majeure grounds.
“The Indian Government should be promoting the usage and trade of metal scrap instead of putting hindrances and impediments in place that will negatively impact the domestic industry from having access to such valuable raw materials.”
Full story by Paul Sanderson can be found on lets recycle website