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Ignorance is no excuse

Tevita Vuibau
Saturday, December 08, 2012

SCRAP metal dealers are being reminded that ignorance of the ban in trade of non-ferrous metals is not an excuse for continuing to trade in them.

The warning comes a month after the government banned the trade in non-ferrous metals including copper, aluminium, nickel, silver, tin, platinum and lead. However, gold is not one of the suspended metals.

"The ministry conducted a consultative meeting with all active scrap metal dealers in the country on November 23," said Industry and Trade permanent secretary Shaheen Ali.

He said the meeting highlighted to dealers the requirements of the law and their obligations under the Scrap Metal Trading Decree.

"The dealers were reminded that ignorance of the law is not an excuse and the enforcement agencies will continue monitoring to eradicate the industry of unscrupulous dealers and illegal trade, including damage to public infrastructure," Mr Ali said.

During the initial ban, the ministry also threatened to revoke and suspend the licence of dealers who don't comply with the ban.