Copper export banned with immediate effect – Government
Industry and Commerce Minister, Karl Samuda, has announced a ban on the export of copper from the island effective immediately.
Samuda says the move is intended to discourage the theft of copper cables.
He notes that the Trade Scrap Metal Regulation 2013 provides for the prohibition of the export of any material made of copper except with written permission from the Minister.
Mr. Samuda says he does not plan to grant any such permission going forward.
The industry and commerce minister says the Jamaica Constabulary Force and the Jamaica Customs Agency have been notified of the ban on copper export.
Mr. Samuda has also issued an order increasing the fine for persons who breach of the regulations.
The maximum fine upon conviction has been increased to three million dollars up from two million dollars.
The maximum prison term of two years remains unchanged.