1300 tonnes of illegal refrigerants blocked

Customs officers intercepted or prevented the worldwide trade in over 1300 tonnes of ozone depleting refrigerants over an 18-month period to April 2014.

Figures compiled under UNEP’s Ozone Protection Programme reveal that between September 2012 and April 2014 customs officers reported 133 successful seizures of 7370 pieces of equipment (appliances and compressors) and 9513 refrigerant cylinders/containers containing more than 467 tonnes of ozone-depleting chemicals and mixtures.

Investigations into trade license applications prevented a further 67 unwanted/illegal shipments of more than 846 tonnes of ozone-depleting refrigerants. In addition, past cases of more than 175 tonnes of illegal trade in ODS were detected …

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