THE VALLEY, Anguilla, May 25, CMC – The Anguilla government on Thursday announced the partial lifting of a ban on the export of scrap metal effective June 1, which had been imposed in a bid to fight metal thieves.
But, according to Wycliffe Fahie, acting permanent secretary in the Ministry of Finance, scrap metal dealers will have to adhere to new conditions.
He said the all scrap metal currently in stock prior to June 1 may be exported subject to police and customs inspection and approval.
While a moratorium on the export of scrap copper will remain in effect, the export of scrap aluminium will continue until August 31, after which there will be review, Fahie said.
He said that a timetable must be set up by all dealers indicating the times when metals are to be loaded on to containers so there can be a police and customs presence.
Fahie said that access to containers once loading begins will not be possible without the police and customs present.
A government press release called on the scrap metal industry to uphold the highest standards of honesty and integrity so that the industry remained an asset to the island and avoid triggering crime and bad press.