According to the Exim Policy 2002-2007, following is the list of waste and scrap items which are allowed to import in India without any license or certificate:
Any form of metallic waste, scrap or any defective item which is far below their original price.
Any material that does not contain any kind of hazardous waste or radioactive element in it.
Waste paper material.
Woolen Rags or shoddy wool in completely mutilated form.
PET bottle waste.
Import of any kind of old ships, which are now not in use can also be done in India under the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Shipping.
In exercise of powers conferred under Paragraph 2.4 of the Foreign Trade Policy 2009-2014, the Director General of Foreign Trade hereby makes the following amendments in Handbook of Procedures, (Vol.1), 2009-14.
The import of any form of metallic waste, scrap is permitted subject to the condition that it will not contain the following:
Radioactive contaminated waste
Scrap containing radioactive material
Any type of arms, ammunition, mines, shells, live or used cartridge
Any other explosive material in any form either used or otherwise.
The Import Policy for import of metallic waste and scrap as is ‘free’ subject to the condition that the consignment is accompanied by valid pre-shipment inspection certificate (PSIC), issued by recognized Pre-Shipment Inspection Agency (PSIA) certifying that the metallic scrap is free from explosive and radioactive contamination. Import of any form of metallic waste from Hodaideh, Yemen and Bandar Abbas, Iran can only be in shredded form. While import of shredded scrap is allowed through all ports, import of unshredded scrap can only take place through the following designated ports: