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India Grants PSIC Exemption for Metals Bound for Six Ports

The Director General Foreign Trade (DGFT) has lifted the Pre-Shipment Inspection Certification (PSIC) requirement for all metal scrap from the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, New Zealand, and Australia that enter the Ports of Chennai, Tuticorin, Kandla, Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT), Mumbai, and Krishnapatnam.

Consignments are required to be accompanied by "certificate from the supplier/ship yard authority to the effect that it does not contain any radioactive materials/explosives." The materials will go through "radiation and explosive checks" at these ports, which have installed appropriate radiation detection equipment. Read more in the official notice.

This action comes after more than three years of advocacy by the Materials Recycling Association of India (MRAI), which ISRI strongly supported, including as recently as our direct interventions with the Indian Government in October 2017.

Material that is bound for the other nine ports of entry approved to process scrap imports still require PSIC. ISRI was told in October that these ports are in the process of installing radiation detection equipment, and when they have been fully tested and are operational it is possible that the PSIC requirements will eventually be lifted there, too. Timing is unknown.

It is important for companies that export to India to remember – especially in light of what is happening in China – that the material needs to be prepared in such a way so that it can pass through Indian customs inspections.

Please contact Adina Renee Adler if you have any questions.

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