Government of India
Ministry of Commerce
Directorate General of Foreign Trade
Udyog Bhavan, New Delhi – 110 011.
Policy Circular No. 78 (RE-2008)/2004-2009
Dated 1st April, 2009
All Licensing Authorities;
All Commissioners of Customs;
Sub : Import of waste paper
Waste paper is classified under ITC (HS) Code No.4707 9000 and import of the item is free. However, as per Hazardous Material (Management, Handling and Transboundary Movement) Rules, 2008 notified by Ministry of Environment & Forests on 24.9.2008, import of the item has been made subject to actual user condition with permission from Ministry of Environment & Forests (MOEF) and a licence from DGFT.
2. Representations have been received by this office about the problems faced by the importers of waste paper and also about the apparent inconsistency in the import policy vis-à-vis rules notified by MOEF. The matter has been examined in consultation with MOEF and Department of Revenue.
3. Accordingly, it is clarified that the importers of waste paper, till the matter is suitably resolved, may make an import licence application to the concerned Regional Authority of DGFT for issue of an import licence. The import licence shall be issued by the concerned Regional Authority based on a ‘No Objection Certificate’ obtained by the importer from MOEF. In these cases, the Regional Authority shall issue a licence without waiting for any formal approval from DGFT HQrs. This arrangement shall continue in operation for a period of three months from the date of issue of this Policy Circular.
4. This issues with the approval of Competent Authority.
(O. P. Hisaria)
Joint Director General of Foreign Trade
(Issued from File No. M-5975/AM04/PC-IA)