September 13: The new quality regulation has come into force for most long products but deferred for select flat steel products, industry sources said.
The Centre had made the certification mandatory for most of the long products above 16 mm from September 12, a senior official in Tata Steel said.
According to the new BIS guidelines, all manufacturers, foreign and domestic cannot manufacture, import, store for sale or distribute steel and steel Products, which do not conform to the standards and which do not bear the standard mark (ISI Mark).
However, a steel ministry notification said the implementation of the new government quality-control order has been deferred for some products so as to give steel mills more time to have their material certified by the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS), as the new regulation mandates.
The notification said among the products for which the regulation has been deferred were cold rolled grain-oriented (CRGO) electrical steel sheets and strips with HS codes 72251100 and 72261100.
The regulation has also been deferred until March 31 for hot rolled sheets, strips and coils less than 6mm thick. The new deadline also applies to plates more than 80mm thick and weighing more than 12 tons under ultrasonic test conditions, and for plates less than 16mm thick and more than 4 metres wide, the notification said.
The measure however comes into effect for cold rolled non-oriented electrical steel sheets and strips, both fully- and semi-processed, under the HS codes 72251920, 72261920, 72091720, 72091730, 72091790, 72092720, 72092730 and 72092790, the notification said.
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