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127 tonnes of imported e-waste seized

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The seized goods to be re-exported to the country of origin


CHENNAI: Officials of the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI), Chennai, seized 127 tonnes of e-waste imported from four foreign countries from a container terminal here.

C. Rajan, Additional Director General, DRI, Chennai, said they received specific information that electrical and electronic wastes were imported under the pretext of used computers through Chennai port. Following the information five consignments covering eight containers with goods were taken up for scrutiny. Of the total consignments, one each was imported from Australia, Brunei and Canada and two from Korea.

Examination of goods in the containers revealed the presence of computer monitors, CPUs and processors, which were found to be very old, used and appeared to be in an unusable condition. A large number of the computer monitors were found to be more than 10 years old, which were meant for recycling, Mr. Rajan said.

Hazardous waste

The import of electrical and electronic waste are covered under Hazardous Waste (Management, Handling and Trans-boundary Movement) Rules 2008 and it would be allowed only with permission from the Ministries of Environment and Health besides a licence from the Director General of Foreign Trade. In the cases taken up for investigation, the importers were not in possession of the required permission, Mr. Rajan said.

The DRI has registered cases against the importers. In four cases notices have already been issued to the importers. The seized goods would be re-exported to the country of origin after due process of adjudication, Mr. Rajan added.

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