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Govt bans export of scrap iron for 6 months

Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs Reginald Armour SC speaks during a media conference at the Ministry of National Security in Port-of-Spain recently.

The Government has banned the exportation of old iron and scrap iron for six months in an effort to crack down on the illegal harvesting of metals from public and private infrastructure.

Attorney General Reginald Armour told a news conference Monday that the Cabinet agreed on Thursday to a recommendation from a Cabinet sub-committee for this to be done and that it took effect from Friday, August 12.

It will run until February 23, 2023 but the AG will go back to Cabinet in three months with a review of the legislation to see if it can expire then, in light of the fact that several legitimate exporters will also be affected.

During the ban, the Ministry of Trade and Industry will review applications for licenses for export but will be first reviewed by the Cabinet sub-committee.

The Cabinet sub-committee was appointed in July and involved Minister of Energy Stuart Young, Minister of National Security Fitzgerald Hinds, Minister of Trade and Industry Paula Gopee-Scoon and the AG.

It met with industry stakeholders before reporting to Cabinet.

Source Guardian

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