THE PRIME MINISTER
Directive No. 27/CT-TTg dated September 17, 2018 of the Prime Minister on a number of urgent solutions for enhancement of management of scrap import and use of imported scrap for production purpose
For the past few years, in addition to waste recycling and use of scrap generated from domestic activities, the State has granted approval for scrap import under particular regulations in the Law on Environmental Protection and Decree No.38/2015/ND-CP dated April 24, 2015 of the Government on management of waste and scrap in order to satisfy the demand for materials in production.
However, scrap import and use of imported scrap, if not strictly managed and controlled, may be used as a means to transport waste into Vietnam which causes environmental pollution. Facing the fact that some countries which are major scrap importing market in the world have limited or prohibited import of certain scrap which lead to movement of a large number of scrap into Asian counties, including Vietnam, and control of import, transshipment and transit of scrap are not strict enough causing unidentified scrap shipment backlogged in our seaports, especially Hai Phong port and Tan Can port in Ho Chi Minh City, Moreover, export of scrap, production and recycling technology line, if not strictly controlled, may turn Vietnam into a dump for waste and outdated production recycling technology of the world which leads to environmental pollution.
For the purpose of enhancing management of scrap import and use of imported scrap for production purpose and efficiently taking safeguard measures, strictly controlling scrap import and minimizing risk of environmental pollution, below are directives from the Prime Minister:
1. The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment shall:
a) be responsible to the Government and Prime Minister for state management in environmental protection for scrap import and use of scrap imported for production purpose;
b) not grant a new certificate of conformity to environmental protection regulations for scrap import for production purpose (hereinafter referred to as "the certificate of conformity") or not extend such certificate for the importer of scrap under an authorization contract and only consider whether to grant the certificate of conformity to the importer of scrap for production purpose after the demand and capacity for scrap use of such importer is proved;
c) continue to review and amend legislative documents on environmental protection applied to scrap import with the aim of imposing strict regulations on environmental pollution on users of imported scrap for production purpose and submit such documents to the Government and Prime Minister or issue the aforesaid documents as authorized, not grant permit for import of scrap for the purpose of processing and re-sale to production facilities and make registration of import deposit for scrap before such scrap is imported into territorial seas and territory of Vietnam. review international practice on environmental protection to which Vietnam is a signatory and regulations on management of scrap import in Vietnam to ensure such regulations are not against the international practice;
d) review, amend and issue national technical registrations on environment in quarter III of 2018 which are applied to import of scrap for production purpose in order to strictly manage quality of imported scrap and facilitate assessment of imported scrap;
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