Following the press conference held on November 1, 2011 regarding breach of the scrap metal ban further consultations were held with the Trade Board and the Customs Department.
It was confirmed that the only company that applied for an export permit for scrap metal after the ban was Crown Packaging Jamaica Limited. The permits were issued based on the fact that this company is a generator of its own scrap.
During the approved period of extension (September 2-16, 2011) granted by Cabinet for exporters to clear existing inventories, seven export permits were issued by the Trade Board. Thereafter, upon expiration of the extension period, no further permits were issued by the Trade Board.
When the issue of the breach came to the attention of the Ministry an investigation was carried out by the Trade Board. It was noted that 97 containers were shipped by Customs without the requisite permit from the Trade Board.
Instructions have been given that all further exports by bodies that generate scrap in the normal course of business should be carried out in accordance with the Ministerial Order and with the requisite permit from the Trade Board. The Minister has instructed that this should be implemented with immediate effect.
The Customs Department falls under the purview of the Ministry of Finance and Planning and the matter has been referred to the portfolio Minister.