ISRI says PSIC requirements for scrap metal lifted in India at certain ports

ISRI says PSIC requirements for scrap metal lifted in India at certain ports

Material that is bound for the other nine ports of entry approved to process scrap imports still require preshipment inspection certification.

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The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI), Washington, issued an alert to its members dated May 9, 2018, updating them about what it says is “very positive news” out of India with the South Asian country lifting the preshipment inspection certification (PSIC) requirement for all scrap metal from the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, New Zealand and Australia through certain ports.

The alert reads, “As ISRI continues to address the fallout of CCIC’s (China Certification and Inspection Group’s) suspension in the United States, we have just received very positive news out of India:

"The Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) has lifted the preshipment 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/shipyard 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 Metal 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 requires PSIC. We were 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.”

For any questions, the alert directs members to contact Adina Renee Adler, ISRI senior director of government relations and international affairs, by email at aadler@isri.org.