New obligations for imports hydrofluorocarbons products in the EU

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New obligations for imports hydrofluorocarbons products in the EU

Customs Flash – Nr. 03 - 2017

From 1 January 2017, importers and manufacturers from EU of refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pump equipment charged with hydrofluorocarbons (fluorinated gases) will not be allowed to introduce such equipment on the Union market unless hydrofluorocarbons concerned are accounted for in the quota system

New obligations for importers and manufacturers of refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pump equipment

European Commission imposed a gradual limitation of quantities of hydrofluorocarbons that can be placed on Union market, by allocating a quota to each importer and manufacturer of refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pump equipment who’s functioning rely on hydrofluorocarbons (i.e. air conditioners, refrigerators, etc.)

Thus, as of 1 January 2017, importers and manufacturers of equipment whose functioning relies on hydrofluorocarbons will be required to obtain authorization for access to the hydrofluorocarbons quota (i.e. obtain authorization from a company that already has allocated quotas) and ensure that all the hydrofluorocarbons that are placed on the Union market are represented within that quota.

When placing on the market of such equipment, manufacturers and importers must document compliance with these requirements mentioned above and draw up a declaration of conformity in this respect, as per model set out in the Annex to Regulation (EU) 879/2016.

What does this mean for you?

Failure to comply with these requirements by producers and importers implies the impossibility of placing on the Union market of refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pumps equipment charged with hydrofluorocarbons.

When importing equipment who’s functioning relies on hydrofluorocarbons, the importers will have to provide to the customs authorities the declaration of conformity mentioned above, otherwise they will not receive customs clearance.

What to do?

First, manufacturers and importers must verify whether the refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pump equipment that they manufacture or import contain hydrofluorocarbons subject to the provisions of Regulation (EU) 517/2014 on fluorinated greenhouse gases.

If hydrofluorocarbons used are subject to the provisions of Regulation 517/2014, the next step is registration in the HFC register available on European Commission’s website, in order to receive an allocation of a quota.

If you have any questions concerning the above, or need any assistance, please don’t hesitate to contact your local Deloitte contact person.

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