To discourage inbound shipments and promote local manufacturing, the Commerce Ministry has made import registration compulsory for 46 copper and 43 aluminium items under a non-ferrous metal import monitoring system. According to a notification of the Department of Commerce, under the import monitoring system, importers would have to submit advance information in an online system for inbound shipments of these products and obtain an automatic registration number by paying a specified fee. The system will be effective from April 12 this year and the facility of online registration will be available with effect from April 5. The copper items include blister copper, refined copper, copper bars, certain copper rods, copper alloys and sanitaryware. Similarly, the aluminium products include ingots, wire rods, aluminium scrap, aluminium powder for thermite process, and certain aluminium tubes and pipes, said a report.