India tightening restrictions vs. hot-rolled coil, plate imports

Mar 06, 2013 | 09:44 AM | Suresh Nair

Tags  India imports, steel imports, Bureau of Indian Standards, BIS, hot-rolled coil, plate, boron-added steel, Suresh Nair

MUMBAI, India — India is taking a tougher stance on steel imports, with previously allowed products facing import restrictions beginning April 1.

Mills seeking to sell their steel products into India must register with the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) in New Delhi unless the products are on the bureau’s import exemption list.

Products no longer to be exempt starting April 1 include hot-rolled coil less than 6-millimeters thick and plate more than 80-mm thick.

India’s Central Board of Excise and Customs hasn’t received further amendments to the latest BIS notification restricting imports from steel mills not registered with the agency, customs commissioner Yogendra Garg said. Indian importers will still be able to import certain steel products specifically excluded from the restrictions. ....

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