Commission clarifies ozone ban on intermodal transport containers


International industry conventions require that the loose motion of containers isn’t limited. However, the EU’s 2009 Ozone Regulation prohibits the import or export of apparatus depending on ozone-depleting ingredients. Certain intermodal containers comprise one such substance, hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs), in insulation foams or refrigeration apparatus.

Recent media articles and a European Parliament query have pointed to uncertainty amongst stakeholders over how those regulations are compatible in combination.

The Opinion clarifies that the EU import and export prohibitions observe, basically, to containers, however containers that input or go away the EU underneath the ‘transient admission’ customs process aren’t prohibited.

The Opinion additionally encourages Member States to put in force those bans via making sure that containers admitted underneath this process appreciate the related necessities and aren’t therefore positioned on the marketplace within the EU.


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