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Changes in rules for imports and exports of ozone-depleting substances and of HFCs

January 4, 2017

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) issue a Customs Notice to advise the trading community that Ozone-depleting Substances Regulations, 1998, administered by the Agency on behalf of Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC), have been repealed and replaced by the Ozone-depleting Substances and Halocarbon Alternatives Regulations (ODSHAR), which came into force on December 29, 2016.

Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) are increasingly used as alternatives to ozone-depleting substances (ODS) in refrigeration and air-conditioning equipment, foam products, and aerosol products. Although they are effective alternatives to ODS, many are powerful greenhouse gases.

The new regulations include, within other things, a permitting and reporting system for hydrofluorocarbons and a prohibition on the import of refrigerant that contains hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) and HFCs in non-refillable containers.

For additional information: Customs Notice 16-34 (Import and Export of Ozone-depleting Substances and Halocarbon Alternatives)

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