BIR: New certification rules for metal waste and scrap exports to India by PSIA

Source: Bureau of International Recycling

Brussels — A new public notice by India’s Directorate General of Foreign Trade of 18th May 2015 revises rules for Pre-shipment Inspection Agencies (PSIA) and for their issuing Pre-Shipment Inspection Certificates. The Notice gives the new rules for these agencies to apply for recognition by an Inter-Ministerial Committee, a status that will need renewing every three years.

The Notice includes details of the Pre-Shipment Inspection Certificate including that it will be authenticated with the PSIA’s uniquely numbered hologram. The prescribed certificate has to be provided to the Directorate General of Foreign Trade with photographs or a video clip of the PSIA Inspector at the place of inspection, of the testing instrument(s), of the stuffing of each container including the container number, and of its sealing. Digital signatures are proposed. A PSIA can also carry out inspections in countries where it does not have a full-time equipped branch office but will have to inform DGFT by email beforehand.

The Public Notice No. 12/2015-20 includes in its Appendix-2H the format of the Pre-Shipment Inspection Certificate as „issued in terms of paragraph 2.54 of Handbook of Procedure for import of shredded, un-shredded, compressed and loose forms of metallic waste and scrap“.

At the latest BIR International Trade Council, delegates discussed the notice and recognised that most large shredders had the capability to affirm the quality and safety of their own shredded scrap so could be either exempted from the pre-shipment inspection certification or recognised at some point in the future for self-inspection.

The revised Notice takes effect on 1st July 2015. Current Pre-Shipment Inspection Certificates can be used until 30th June 2015.

Source: Bureau of International Reycling