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JMA hails ban on scrap-metal trade

Published:Wednesday | July 20, 2011 | 12:00 AM

While scrap-metal traders are expressing caution against a possible lockdown of the industry, the Jamaica Manufacturers' Association (JMA) is applauding the decision to impose a temporary ban on the trade.

Yesterday, the JMA said it "strongly supports the temporary ban on the scrap metal trade", which has negatively impacted the manufacturing sector and the wider society.

"While the scrap metal industry continues to be the livelihood of some Jamaicans, it cannot be allowed to thrive at the expense of the Government, private sector and all taxpayers," the JMA added.

The association said it was anticipating a plan from Cabinet that would provide a proper regulatory framework for the sector.