Industry Minister, Karl Samuda, says the people looking to export brass as part of the scrap metal trade will now need to apply for a license.

Mr Samuda says the brass license regime is a reaction to the theft of 5 metric tonnes of brass bearings from the mill at the Worthy Park Sugar Factory in St. Catherine.

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Following the discovery of the multi-million dollar theft the brass trade was suspended last week.

The Industry Minister also ordered a number of shipping containers to be reopened and searched for the stolen goods.

Minister Samuda says two persons involved in the theft have been caught and will be facing charges.

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Mr Samuda is now admitting it’s ‘highly likely’ the stolen brass has already been shipped out of the country.

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Minister Samuda was speaking at a media briefing at his ministry’s New Kingston office. This is the second major theft of brass bearings from a sugar factory. A similar incident occurred in 2013 at the Monymusk Factory in Clarendon.