Steel imports face strict quality check

The government today issued quality control rules that would weed out the import of defective and sub-standard stainless steel used in utensils and kitchen appliances.

By Our Special Correspondent
  • Published 11.06.16
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New Delhi, June 10: The government today issued quality control rules that would weed out the import of defective and sub-standard stainless steel used in utensils and kitchen appliances.

The steel ministry has issued the stainless steel (quality control) order based on the rules prepared in consultation with the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS), officials said.

The order will apply to low-grade stainless steel plates, sheets and strips.

"No person shall by himself or through any person on his behalf manufacture or store for sale, sell or distribute any stainless steel product specified in the schedule, which do not conform to the specified standards and do not bear standard mark of BIS, on obtaining a certification mark licence from BIS," the government order said.

India has been taking a number of steps to protect the domestic steel industry from burgeoning imports from China, East Asian nations and East European countries such as Ukraine.

In March, the government had extended safeguard duties on a range of steel products by two years to protect the domestic steel makers reeling from cheap imports from East Asia.

In February, the Centre had imposed minimum import prices for steel products ranging from $600 for a tonne of coated flat steel to $550 per tonne for cold-rolled steel and $425 a tonne for hot-rolled steel.

Minimum prices were imposed following hectic lobbying by steel majors, including Tata Steel, the Jindals and SAIL, who maintained that the duty walls created by India to protect local manufacturers were not working as a global industry beset by over-capacity was willing to dump products at extremely low prices and find ways to circumvent tariff.