Thursday 4 June, 2020

Samuda pulls the brakes on scrap shipments after sugar factory theft

Karl Samuda

Karl Samuda

Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Karl Samuda, has ordered the re-inspection of all scrap metal containers that were packed for shipment after December 21, 2017.

The minister has also ordered the inclusion of brass as a restricted item under regulations governing the exportation of scrap metal.

The moves by Samuda follow the theft of expensive brass sugar mill bearings from the Worthy Park Sugar Factory in St Catherine.

Some 74 bearings, collectively valued at $16.5 million, were stolen from the factory between December 22 and January 11.

In a statement on the matter, the ministry said the theft was the second major loss of brass bearings from a local sugar factory. The other incident took place in 2013 at the Monymusk factory in Clarendon.

A police investigation is under way in respect of the Worthy Park theft, with input from Jamaica Customs Agency and Factories Corporation of Jamaica.

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