Minister announces new scrap metal regime

Friday, January 19, 2018

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MINISTER of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Karl Samuda has given instructions for the reinspection of all scrap metal containers that were packed for export after December 21, 2017.

Minister Samuda has also ordered the inclusion of brass as a restricted item under the existing regulations governing the export of scrap metal.

The measures follow the theft of five metric tonnes of brass sugar mill bearings from the Worthy Park Sugar Factory in St Catherine.

Seventy-four brass sugar mill bearings, valued at $16.5 million, were stolen from the factory between December 22, 2017 and January 11, 2018.

A ministry release said it was the second major theft of brass bearings from a sugar factory, following a similar incident in 2013 at the Monymusk factory in Clarendon.

“Minister Samuda reviewed the current scrap metal regime in light of the ongoing threat posed to sugar factories with a view to supporting the recovery of the stolen brass bearings in the short term and to generally tighten the regulations governing the export of brass as a scrap metal,” said the release.

In the meantime, a joint team from the Jamaica Customs Agency and the Factories Corporation of Jamaica is to investigate the Worthy Park incident under the leadership of the Jamaica Constabulary Force.

The multi-user sites for the export of scrap metal have also been placed on high alert for brass sightings.

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