July 17, 2019 (MLN): On the summary moved by Ministry of Commerce and Textile, the Economic Coordination Committee has decided that the scrap slag, ash and residues containing metals, arsenic or their compounds (containing mainly Aluminum under PCT 2620.4000) may be moved from Appendix-A (Banned Items) to Appendix-B (Restricted Items) of the Import Policy Order, 2016.
However, in order to forestall the chances of import of hazardous waste, the import may be subject to the following conditions:
(i) Importable only by industrial consumer having recycling facilities, subject to NOC from Ministry of Climate Change and duly certified by provincial Environmental Protection Agency (Federal EPA, in case of Islamabad Capital Territory).
(ii) Provision of a pre-shipment Inspection Certificate and consent of Focal Point of Basel Convention from the country of export to the effect that the waste/scrap is non-hazardous as defined in the Basel Convention.
(iii) The imported consignments of the registered recycling plants shall be cleared from seaport only.
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