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Record low for CFC imports

CFC imports into the European Union have shrunk to record lows, according to import statistics for the first six months of 1994. In this period less than 200 ODP tonnes of CFCs were imported into the European Union - the lowest quantity since the Commission started monitoring ...

CFC imports into the European Union have shrunk to record lows, according to import statistics for the first six months of 1994. In this period less than 200 ODP tonnes of CFCs were imported into the European Union - the lowest quantity since the Commission started monitoring CFC imports in 1986. Imports of the other ozone depleting substances - halons, carbon tetrachloride and trichloroethane - are also far lower than expected. The total quantity of imports for these substances was just over 3,000 ODP tonnes, and of this figure, 80% was for "feedstock uses" which do not damage the ozone layer. Some fears were expressed earlier this year that the EU's import controls might be undermined by illegal activity. Accordingly, a range of new controls were introduced earlier this year. Under the revised system, in addition to the existing controls, authorized importers of used or recycled material may only bring the substances into the EU after providing extra declarations to the Commission regarding the source company and the category of the processing to be undertaken in the EU. In cases of doubt these requests are referred back to the Member States for additional scrutiny and a chemical analysis of the substances can be demanded. In future, imports of recycled material will only be permitted where the exporter country provides a declaration that the substances have been recycled in accordance with the terms of the Montreal Protocol.