The refrigerant, 100 1kg cylinders and 70 13.6kg cylinders, was seized because it did not carry the correct documentation. Some of the refrigerant was later found to be contaminated with other substances, including flammable hydrocarbon.
Georgia’s annual R22 import quota is 83.9 tonnes under the Montreal Protocol. Therefore, import, export, re-export and transit of ozone depleting substances without permission is illegal.
The consignment was initially stopped because the importer did not have appropriate quota. The on-site identification made by customs officers in Tbilisi revealed that the composition and amount of the refrigerant did not correspond to the information stated in the customs declaration.
The analysis of the content by the Georgian Refrigerant Recovery and Recycling Centre showed that all the non-refillable cylinders were under-charged and that the R22 in the 13.6 kg cylinders was contaminated with other substances, including 4% hydrocarbon.
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