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