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Metal Recycling News May 11, 2018 12:30:00 PM

Six Indian Ports Lift PSIC Regulation for Scrap Metal Imports

Paul Ploumis
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The Metal Recycling Association of India (MRAI) along with ISRI has long been demanding lifting of PSIC requirements. The ISRI had held direct talks with the Indian government in October last year.
Six Indian Ports Lift PSIC Regulation for Scrap Metal Imports

SEATTLE (Scrap Monster): The Director General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) in India has announced its decision to lift pre-inspection certificate (PSIC) requirement for metallic waste and scrap imports from safe countries at certain ports.

In an alert issued by the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) to its members, the Institute welcomed the decision. The all important decision comes as a big relief to scrap metal exporters, especially at a time when China continues to tighten restrictions on waste imports into that country.

The official notice published by the DGFT states that import consignments of metallic scrap and waste, both shredded and unshredded,  from the US, the UK, Canada, New Zealand, Australia and the EU will not require PSIC if the consignments are cleared through any of the six ports namely, Chennai, Tuticorin, Kandla, JNPT, Mumbai and Krishnapatnam. However, transshipments through these countries/regions are excluded from this concession.

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Also, the imports through other nine ports of entry, irrespective of the country of origin, will still require PSIC, the notification said. The process of installing radiation detection equipment is underway in all these ports. Once fully tested and operational, the PSIC requirement at these ports also may be lifted. However, the timing is not known yet, ISRI noted.

According to DGFT, the inbound consignments from the above five countries/region through the above mentioned six ports must accompany a certificate from the supplier or scrap yard authority to the effect that it contains no radioactive materials or explosives. The consignments will undergo radiation and explosive checks at these ports using portal monitors and latest equipment including container scanner.

The complicated and expensive PSIC procedures and high import duties on ferrous scrap imports have had huge impacts on scrap metal imports into the country. The Metal Recycling Association of India (MRAI) along with ISRI has long been demanding lifting of PSIC requirements. The ISRI had held direct talks with the Indian government in October last year.

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