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Opposition calls for transparency on copper exports ban

Published:Wednesday | February 15, 2017 | 2:15 PM

Opposition Spokesman on Industry, Investment and Commerce, Anthony Hylton, is calling for Industry and Commerce Minister, Karl Samuda, to provide clarity on his decision to ban copper exports from Jamaica.

The ban took effect last Thursday.

Samuda said the ban is intended to discourage the theft of copper cables.

Hylton says he is curious about Samuda's action since there are already special guidelines that prohibit the exportation of copper without special permit.

He notes that the Industry and Commerce Minister and several agencies are in charge of approving copper before it is exported as part of due diligence measures.

Hylton says the ban is not transparent and raises many questions.

He says Samuda should indicate how industrial copper exporters are being treated under the ban.

Hylton also wants to known how long the ban will last and whether there is specific evidence of breaches against any or all exporters.