CUSTOMS PROCEDURES FOR THE INSPECTION AND PROCESSING OF SCRAP METAL FOR EXPORT
- The Customs Department will deal only with licensed or registered exporters of scrap metal. This means that approved packing or loading sites must be owned or operated by the approved exporters. The exporter will be held responsible for the operational activities concerning scrap metal staging and packing at these locations.
- As of December 7, 2007, all loading sites must meet the Customs Department'srequirements for site inspection.
- Customs will not inspect containers at locations or environs wherein a Customs Officer feels fearful, threatened or intimidated in executing his duties.
- Sites must be clean and conducive to good health, properly secured to ensure authorized access only and fitted with proper sanitary conveniences, office amenities and physical accommodation.
- Exporters are required to make appointments for container inspection. These requests are to be directed to the Customs offices APM Terminals, Berth 11. Under no circumstance are exporters allowed to pack containers without the expressed permission of the Customs Department.
- On appointment days, exporters are required to pre-stage goods (scrap metals) for viewing and scrutiny by the Customs Officer. The container must also be clean and prepared for stuffing. Exporters are also encouraged to utilize loading equipment wherever possible. This will improve significantly the loading time per container and increase efficiency in the use of limited inspection resources among other things.
- Exporters or an authorized employee or agent must present at the start of a container loading and inspection and must remain present for the duration of the process. This is to facilitate the resolution of issues that may arise as a result of enforcing the provisions of the Trade in Scrap Metal Regulations.
- Exporters and their employees are expected to cooperate with the requests and instructions of the Customs Officers. Any acts of intimidation and non compliance will be treated severely and this includes revocation of licence.
- The Customs Department reserves the right to re-check containers at the ports.