On September 30, the European Union and United Kingdom passed new sanctions packages that require importers of stainless steel and iron-containing articles to demonstrate the country of origin and country of processing for such articles. The intention is to restrict stainless steel and iron materials from Russia on the EU and UK market.
In order to demonstrate that your materials and articles did not originate from Russia, importers are asked to produce a ‘Mill Test Certificate,’ or MTC. In addition to the MTC, the EU and UK also accept the following:
- Declarations from manufacturers and suppliers indicating non-Russian origin
- Customs documents from country of export
- Quality certificates
- Production descriptions
- Manufacturing documentation
- Other business correspondence that demonstrates non-Russian origin
Along with ensuring that the materials did not originate from Russia, the sanctions also look to ensure that the materials have not been processed in Russia. To demonstrate compliance, importers must provide details regarding the processing of stainless steel and iron. These details include the country and facility name for:
- Smelting (heat number)
- Hot or cold rolling
- Coating (dipped, electrolytic, etc.)
- Welding (electric resistance, submerged arc, laser, etc.)
- CN number for finished and semi-finished articles
Green Data Exchange allows users to identify where stainless steel and iron are used in their products. With GDX’s survey feature, you can query suppliers about the country of origin and process for your stainless steel and iron-containing articles.
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