With the imminent reopening of the scrap-metal trade, the Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce last night said the Factories Corporation of Jamaica (FCJ) would take possession of the three approved multi-user sites today.
In a release, the ministry said the police and the Department of Customs would also begin operating from the sites.
"This will allow for the clearing of the sites, inspection of existing stockpiles and other measures preparatory to the full resumption of the trade," the ministry said.
"The FCJ has been working to bring the three sites - C&M Recycling and David Scrap Ltd in Kingston and Kurbiton Recycling in Clarendon up to the required standard in time for the reopening of the trade. Based on the assessments this week, the FCJ will make a final determination on when actual trading will begin."
Despite calls from a wide cross section of the society to ban the trade in scrap metal, Industry, Investment and Commerce Minister Anthony Hylton sought to assure the public that all efforts have been made to ensure that the industry is guided by stringent regulations with appropriate penalties for non-compliance.
FCJ Chairman Clive Fagan described the process of readying the sites as "rigorous" and said he was convinced that the infrastructure, systems and technological support are in place to ensure the efficient operation of the trade. The FCJ will establish a website, to update those involved in the trade, and provide a forum for the lodging of complaints by the public. A review of the trade will be conducted after the first six months.
Scrap-metal trade requirements
✔ Exporters, dealers, and traders of scrap metal must be in possession of a valid licence from the Trade Board.
✔ Exporters must have a police record and an export licence, and must post a $7-million bond with the FCJ.
✔ Non-nationals must be in possession of a work permit and a police record from the country of origin.