In a recent media release, the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (the dtic) has invited comments from stakeholders and the public on a proposal to further extend the temporary prohibition on the export of specific ferrous and non-ferrous waste and scrap metals.
The proposed extension encompasses several key aspects of the Scrap Metals Policy, including the continuation of the temporary ban on exporting designated ferrous and non-ferrous waste and scrap metals. Additionally, the dtic is considering extending the temporary suspension of the Price Preference System related to these materials.
Furthermore, the department is exploring the imposition of a new restriction on the export of copper semi-finished products. Another noteworthy point in the proposal is the temporary prohibition of the export of used or second-hand rails and subject rails to Export Control.
This move follows a trade policy directive and notice issued on 15 June 2023, which mandated a six-month ban on the export of ferrous and non-ferrous waste and scrap metal from South Africa, effective from June to December 2023. Simultaneously, the International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa (ITAC) suspended the operation of the Price Preference System for the exportation of these materials during the same period.
The initial directive and notice are part of Phase 1 of the Policy Implementation Actions on Measures to Restrict and Regulate Trade in Ferrous and Non-Ferrous Metals Waste, Scrap, and Semi-Finished Ferrous and Non-Ferrous Metal Products. This phase aims to mitigate potential damage to infrastructure and the economy and was published in Government Gazette No. 47627.
Stakeholders and interested parties are encouraged to review the detailed proposal outlined in the gazette, accessible via this link. Comments on the proposal can be submitted by hand delivery to the Director General of the dtic at 77 Meintjies Street, Block A, 1st floor, Sunnyside, Pretoria, or via email at [email protected].
The dtic emphasizes the importance of public engagement in shaping policies that impact the trade of scrap metals and encourages all relevant parties to provide their insights and feedback before the specified deadline.