India now requires video of customs inspection when exporting scrap


A video lasting three to five minutes of the container being loaded with scrap is now required by Indian customs officials.

In a new law introduced on 1 April 2015 in the Handbooks of Procedures of the Indian Directorate General of Foreign Trade, it sets out the new requirements of the video and what will need to be in it.


Anybody exporting scrap metal to India will need to provide the video of an inspection carried out by a certified Pre-Shipment Inspection Agency (PSIA).

The video will need to contain:

  1. The time, date, place of the inspection
  2. Photographs of the exporter and the representative of the importer (if available)
  3. The name and identity number of the inspector
  4. The instrument number
  5. The container number
  6. The event of stuffing of the container and the sealing of the same
  7. The carriage and its registration number on which the container is loaded
  8. The process of signing of the PSIA certificate by the authorised person.

Once completed, the video will need to be uploaded to the Directorate’s website for inspection by customs officials.

No changes were made to imports of waste paper and plastics into India and these measures for metals are not required for other materials.

In a statement, the Metal Recycling Association of India said that these measures “will bring the scrap metal industry to a halt”.

It added: “Many foreign suppliers have already started cancelling earlier contracts and have stopped all scrap shipments to India on force majeure grounds.

“The Indian Government should be promoting the usage and trade of metal scrap instead of putting hindrances and impediments in place that will negatively impact the domestic industry from having access to such valuable raw materials.”