PTI reported that PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry has urged the government to extend the Steel and Steel Products Quality Control Order issued in July this year by another 11 months. PHDCCI President Mr Sanjay Aggarwal said “The total demand of tinplate & tin free steel in India is around 650,000 tonnes, while the domestic availability is close to 400,000 tonnes. Therefore the gap in demand and supply is met through imports. Keeping in mind the demand-supply gap in the country, materials should be allowed to be used which are aligned to International Standard Organisation. We urge the government to defer the order. Extension of the implementation of QCO order should be given till March 2022. The move will extend support to crucial industries like tin can making, metal packaging and processed food industry. The extension will help a large number of small can makers in the MSMEs sector and avoid job losses.”
He added “The outbreak of COVID-19 led to unprecedented disruptions, including ban on international travel. Due to these reasons, foreign tinplate mills are likely to face issues in getting the relevant BIS licence to supply their products to India.”
As per the order issued by the Ministry of Steel on July 17, 2020, foreign suppliers are required to take Bureau of Indian Standards icence in order to supply tinplate & tin free steel products to consumers in India.