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Hylton to provide scrap metal update Thursday

Published:Wednesday | January 23, 2013 | 1:34 AM

Jerome Reynolds, Gleaner Writer

Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Anthony Hylton is to provide further details tomorrow regarding the impending reopening of the scrap metal trade.

In a statement yesterday, the industry ministry said last week the Factories Corporation of Jamaica (FCJ), took control of the three central scrap metal sites and worked with the Police and the Department of Customs to fine tune the physical infrastructure and the operating systems.

It further said the ministry is in discussions with the Ministry of National Security to clear police stations of derelict vehicles which are no longer required as evidence.

Hylton said this project is aimed at generating foreign exchange for the National Security and Justice Ministries and at the same time reducing the parking congestion in many police stations.


Meanwhile, the ministry is advising exporters, dealers, and large and small traders of scrap metal that they must get the requisite licences, permits and police record or recommendations before they can be allowed to operate.

Exporters are also required to post a seven million dollar bond with the FCJ.

Additionally, non-Jamaicans must be in possession of a work permit.

The ministry says the rules and regulations governing the scrap metal trade will be posted on the

FCJ's website, which will also provide a forum for the lodging of complaints by the public.

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