Impact of COVID-19 pandemic on India' recycling industry

Last Modified: Sat May 09 2020 07:36:39 GMT+0530 (India Standard Time)
  • 250,000
    Number of containers awaiting clearances at 12 major ports in India as of end April. This is due to the nation wide lockdown, since 25 Mar, in the wake of COVID-19 outbreak. The containers contain imported metallic scrap worth several lakhs destined for recycling plants across the country.
  • 21 Apr 2020
    Order issued by Ministry of Shipping, followed by order issued by Director General of Shipping waiving all kinds of charges at ports by shipping lines and Container Freight Stations (CFSs) / Inland Container Depots (ICDs).
  • Rs. 22,000 crore
    Amount that importers are being required to pay shipping lines, CFSs / ICDs that insist of being paid detention/demurage charges inspite of the orders from the Ministry of Shipping. (Average detention charge @ Rs. 15,000 per container, per day).
  • 6,000
    Number of Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) units in the recycling segment that will ultimately have to bear the detention/demurage charges, even as they are shut down and yet adhering to government order to give salaries to nearly 300,000 employees who are mainly from the weaker section of the society.