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The Steel Ministry has moved a proposal to allow Paradip port in Odisha as the single-point entry for all steel imports in the country in a bid to check in-bound shipments of sub-standard products.
The move is also dictated by the Ministry´s plan to de-congest the Jawaharlal National Port Trust (JNPT), Mumbai, which mainly handles steel imports.
Reportedly, imports of sub-standard steel products have become quite frequent, which need to be checked. The Steel Ministry wants to effectively monitor the products entering India and this can be achieved through a centralised port.
According to a senior government official, the ministry has sent the proposal to the Commerce Ministry and is waiting for its response.