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India bans Imports of Plastic Items from China

New Delhi: The Government has comprehensively revised its regulation on hazardous materials through Hazardous and Other Wastes (Management & Tranboundary Movement) Rules, 2016 dated 4th April, 2016 wherein plastic waste has been included in the Schedule-VI of the above Rules and the item is prohibited for import from all countries since then. The Foreign Trade Policy (2015-2020) provides safeguards against poor quality imports by providing for Domestic Laws/ Rules/ Orders/ Regulations / Technical Specifications/ Environmental/ Safety and Health Standards applicable to domestically produced goods to be applicable, mutatis mutandis, to imports, unless specifically exempted. Wherever, there are domestic standards for goods, those standards are also applicable to imported goods. India has an elaborate and robust legal framework and institutional set up to protect its environment, life and health of its people, plants and animals. Apart from the Hazardous Rules as stated in the part (a) & (b) above, the BIS standards, applicable to domestic goods, are also applicable to imported goods. For imported food and edible items, Food Safety and Standards Act (FSSA), 2006 and Rules there under are also applicable. The Standards Committee on Plastics has been formed comprising Ministry of Chemicals and Petrochemicals, Plexconcil, PlastIndia, Central Institute of Plastics Engineering and Technology and other bodies representing plastic producers in formulating / developing a mechanism to thwart the import of substandard low quality, toxic and hazardous plastics entering the Country. Indigenous industries can also seek protection under various trade defense measures like anti – dumping duty, countervailing duty and safeguard duty. This information was given by the Commerce and Industry Minister Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman in a written reply in Lok Sabha

About Sanjay Trivedi

Sanjay Trivedi is honorary editor of Asia Times. He is senior Indian Journalist having vast experience of 25 years. He worked in Janmabhoomi, Vyapar, Divya Bhaskar etc. newspapers and TV9 Channel as well as www.news4education.com. He also served as Media Officer in Gujarat Technological University.

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