India drops plan for scrap import registration system

Oct 22, 2007 | 02:30 PM | Ben Garside

India has abandoned its plan to register all scrap traders who want to import scrap metal to India, according to Ikbal Nathani, managing director of the Mumbai-based Nathani Group.

Interviewed at the Bureau of International Recycling fall conference in Warsaw this week, Nathani said the decision by the Indian government, effective immediately, also means an end to the cumbersome system of pre-shipment inspections that had been put in place on all imports of non-shredded scrap metal.

"This should make every exporter and merchant happy because it will mean an end to all the paperwork. I think it became clear that (the Indian authorities) could not get through all the applications sent and they certainly wouldn't have been able to renew them every two years, as they planned to," Nathani said.....

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