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>Ship-breakers now to produce toxic free certificates as import policy changed; HC directive ignored
BYPASSING the court’s clear directives to ensurereports.
Without considering the country’s environmental aspects and workers’ safety, a certain quarter within the government allegedly changed the policy order in a way that exporters themselves will now certify their ships as not toxic.
Commerce Minister Faruk Khan told reporters that the change in the import policy order for ships to be scrapped was decided at an inter-ministerial meeting considering the development of the country.
Following a High Court directive dated March 17, 2009, the commerce ministry incorporated a condition in its Import Policy Order 2009-2012 that an exporter has to submit a pre-cleaning certificate from a state agency of its country saying the ship is cleaned before export. The importer will have to submit that certificate to the authorities here.
But now the company that sells the ships will provide this certificate saying all toxic substances are cleaned, Faruk said.
Shipyard owners were reluctant to go by the old policy since pre-cleaning of toxic substances including asbestos involves huge cost and reduces their profit.
import of toxin-free ships, the government yesterday altered an import policy order, which will help ship-breakers import toxic ships, The Daily Star


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