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Install scanners at ports to check radio-active import: EEPC

Install scanners at ports to check radio-active import: EEPC
PTI
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First Published: Wed, Apr 22 2009. 01 02 PM IST
Updated: Wed, Apr 22 2009. 01 02 PM IST
New Delhi: Exporters of engineering goods have asked the Government to install scanners at ports to ensure that scraps imported by them are free of radio-active material, a move aimed at preempting the chances of Indian goods being refused abroad on grounds of contamination.
Although the directorate general of Foreign Trade has issued a directive to scrap importers to ensure that the consignments being imported carry proper certification that the goods are free of radio-active material, the EEPC has said that certificates are not enough and scraps brought into the country need a double-check.
“Certificates are fine but how much can we trust them. To be doubly sure, scanners should be installed at ports so that what comes in is free of radio-active contaminants,” Engineering Export Promotion Council (EEPC) executive director R K Maitra told PTI.
Recently, steel consignments exported to Germany, which were made of imported scrap, were rejected on the grounds that they were radio-active. The Indian government and exporters took a serious view on the issue.
The EEPC has cautioned its members that countries, especially in difficult economic times, could use non-tariff barriers as an excuse to block imports from India.
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First Published: Wed, Apr 22 2009. 01 02 PM IST
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