RUSSIA: Customs officers in Russia have had further success in intercepting illegal shipments of refrigerants.

Last month customs in Tver, a city north of Moscow, detained 1,150 Chinese refrigerant cylinders being smuggled into the country via Lithuania.

The customs declaration for the goods maintained that the product contained no HCFCs or CFCs. Subsequent sampling and testing showed them to contain the HCFC refrigerant R22 and R133, a CFC used in the solvents industry and in the production of R134a.

This shipment was valued at around €70,000.