By Paul Ploumis 18 Jun 2015 Last updated at 01:50:41 GMT
BRUSSELS (Scrap Monster): The Bureau of International Recycling (BIR) has requested the Indian authorities to extend the effective date of implementation of the new scrap import regulations. In a letter written to the Indian Ministry of Commerce and Industry, the world trade body has requested to extend the transition period to comply with the pre-shipment inspection rules by another four months. Currently, the new rules are set to become effective July 1st onwards.
BIR, in collaboration with the Metals Recycling Association of India (MRAI) and the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) has pointed out that more time is required for Pre-Shipment Inspection Agencies (PSIAs) to prepare themselves to meet the proposed certification requirements.
BIR, in its letter, noted that large shredders around the world who maintain high standards of quality and safety should be either carry out self-inspection or be exempted from the certification requirements. BIR also appreciated Indian authorities for installation of new state-of-the-art radioactivity detection devices at major ports.
With reference to Public Notice No. 12/2015-20 issued by India’s Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT), PSIAs in source countries are required to submit photograph(s) or video clipping of the place of inspection with PSIA inspector and representatives of exporter or importer. The proposed rule also requires photograph(s) or video clipping of the testing instruments used for inspection. Additionally, photograph(s) or video detailing the process of stuffing of containers displaying the container numbers must be submitted for all scrap shipments destined to the country.
The Bureau of International Recycling (BIR) is a global recycling industry association representing more than 700 companies from the private sector and 40 national trade federations from 70 different countries. The organisation serves as a platform to promote business relations and recycling among industry and to liaise with policy makers.