Scrap-metal dealers gear up for trade resumption
Scrap-metal dealers, large and small, flocked to the Trade Board yesterday seeking to secure permits ahead of Monday's reopening of the industry.
Chief executive officer of the Trade Board, Victor Cummings, told The Gleaner that three exporters had come forward and completed their applications.
Cummings declined to say the total number of applications submitted yesterday, but said they covered all categories of scrap-metal dealers.
"We have had itinerant dealers come in, we have had carriers, and we have had exporters come in, and people have been doing it (applying) online," said Cummings.
He said licences had been prepared for some persons who satisfied all criteria, but pointed out that they would not be handed out until Monday.
"What I am doing is making sure that everything is correct and that all their paperwork is correct," Cummings explained.
Itinerant dealers are required to pay $800 for permits while exporters are required to pay $10,300.
The licence requirement is among new measures instituted by the Government to manage the trade.