Under a non-ferrous metal import monitoring scheme, the commerce ministry has made import registration mandatory for 46 copper and 43 aluminium products, potentially discouraging inbound shipments and encouraging local manufacturing.
According to a department of commerce notification, under the import tracking scheme, importers will be required to submit advance details through an online system for inbound shipments of these products and obtain an automated registration number by paying a fee.
The importer can apply for registration no earlier than 60 days and no later than 5 days before the scheduled arrival date of the import consignment.
According to the notification "Import of specific (copper and aluminium) items...are subject to compulsory registration under non-ferrous metal import monitoring system."
The scheme will go into operation on April 12 this year, and online registration will be available beginning on April 5.
Blister copper, refined copper, copper bars, some copper rod, copper alloys, and sanitary ware are among the copper products.
Similarly, the aluminium products include ingots, wire rods, aluminium scrap, aluminium powder for thermite process, certain aluminium tubes and pipes.
The ministry had earlier made a similar process for imports of several iron and steel goods and coal. The move is part of an exercise to reduce the import of unnecessary goods and boost domestic manufacturing.