Price and market trends: India plans registration on chemical imports

30 August 2013 09:39  [Source: ICB]

India's Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers is planning to introduce mandatory quality norms and registration on the same lines as those adopted in Europe on imports of basic chemicals into the country, a government official said on 22 August.

The minimum quality norms will be evolved with the assistance of Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) and a new national chemical centre while importers would have to register their shipments with the government, the official said.

The minimum quality norms and mandatory registration would be to set to World Trade Organization (WTO) compliant barriers to dumping of basic chemicals detrimental to health and environment and would be along the lines of legislation prevalent in the European Union, he added.

In the first phase, basic chemicals covered under this would include caustic soda, soda ash, aniline, phenol, hydrogen peroxide, boric acid and phthalic anhydride. These chemicals have been selected in the first phase because they are already under anti-dumping duty (ADD) regime and it has been determined by the ministry that sub-quality imports of these chemicals was having a negative impact on health and environment.

The official said new quality norms and registration may take at least one year from now as it has to complete several processes before coming into force.

India does not have any system of classification of basic chemicals based on impact on health and environment, not does it have any registration of imports. Hence, the new system will be incorporated in the National Chemical Policy, a draft of which was currently in circulation among stakeholders seeking comments, the official said.

Author: Ajoy K Das

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