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Colombian police seize R22 shipment

COLOMBIA: Police in Columbia have seized 200 cylinders of the ozone-depleting HCFC refrigerant R22 after stopping a container lorry in the Caribbean port city of Barranquilla.

The shipment, valued at COP160m (US$44,000), did not have the necessary supporting documentation.

While R22 is not banned in Colombia, it is a controlled substance and currently being phased out under the Montreal Protocol. Within the framework of the strategy against smuggling, illicit trade and tax evasion, Barranquilla tax and customs police is cracking down on the illegal commercialisation of refrigerant gases. 

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