Acute shortage of tin free steel material pinches food suppliers

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Shortage of Tin Free steel raw material hits the packaged food supply business

In the wake of acute shortage of tinplate/ tin free steel material which is largely used to manufacture cans and containers to pack processed food and fruits, the processed food packaging industry is feeling a pinch.

The small players who are into the business of packaging of fruits and other processed food have lamented that the government is not able to meet the demand of tin cans and containers.

This is the season to process and packaging of Mango pulp however there is shortage of cans and easy open ends which is affecting the packing of mango pulp particularly for exports as we used to do, said a Maharashtra based company engaged in Mango pulp packaging business. 

Not only the packed food industry but the other sectors which are the end users of the tinplate/tin free steel containers have also complaint that they are not getting the required quantity of containers and whatever is available is expensive.

On 17th July 2020 the Government of India imposed a BIS standard for the import of   tinplate/Tin free steel/ products like easy open ends, peel off ends etc. The implementation of the same has now been extended up to 17th July, 2021.

Few exporters of tinplate from other countries have applied to BIS for getting the registration and approval of their plant but due to COVID conditions all such applications have been put on hold by BIS. This has resulted into virtual zero import of these essential materials thereby resulting in shortage of tinplate containers. 

Most of the suppliers from Japan , Korea have already raised their hands to get into the BIS compliance at this moment as no one wishes to travel to India for the BIS vice versa BIS staff can’t move out of the country to go and inspect the plants of  tinplate producers in those countries.


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