Imported Second-Hand Vehicles from Japan: Lifting Measures Against Radioactivity
24 Avril 2013 - Patrice Donzelot, Defi Media
Importers of second-hand vehicles and parts from Japan are no longer subject to protection measures that followed the Fukushima nuclear disaster in March 2011.
This was lifted from Monday by the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Consumer Protection. Thus, it is no longer necessary for importers to submit their products to a pre-shipment inspection on nuclear radiation.
In addition, the Radiation Protection Authority (RPA) will no longer conduct systematic inspections of second hand vehicles and parts from Japan. Importers no longer have the need to provide a bank guarantee in the context of a possible radioactive contamination. However, spot checks by the RPA are always possible. Finally, foodstuffs for human and animal and agricultural products, meanwhile, still subject to controls radioactivity consumption.
"It was an obsolete measure as the Fukushima nuclear disaster of March 2011. In addition, I note that the Department does not indicate whether the lifting of the measure applies to vehicles shipped to Japan until April 22 or those who are landed in Mauritius since. There are random checks by the Radiation Protection Authority, and that's fine. But what will happen to individual importers whose vehicles have tested positive for radioactivity when they no longer need to have a bank guarantee? I think we should keep the bank guarantee for the individual importers, "says Zaid Ameer, president of the association of importers of second hand vehicles.