November 21, 2019 – After January 1, 2020, it is prohibited to import a product that contains or is designed to contain any hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC). Generally, the import and export of HCFCs and products containing or designed to contain HCFCs are controlled.
Refer to Table 3 of Schedule 1 of the Ozone-depleting Substances and Halocarbon Alternatives Regulations for the list of these substances and to Appendix A and Appendix B in Customs D-Memorandum D19-7-2 for the list of common/trade names and their classification.
The import of these products containing HCFC is prohibited after January 1, 2020 except for (b), which will continue to be allowed indefinitely.
- a) Products containing or designed to contain HCFCs other than HCFC-22, HCFC-141b and HCFC-142b: e.g., air-conditioning system, refrigerator, chiller, vending machine;
- b) Products containing or designed to contain HCFCs that is a personal or household effect for the person’s personal use
- c) Products used in military ships before January 1, 2017
- d) A pressurized container that contains 2kg or less of an HCFC other than HCFC-22, HCFC-141b or HCFC-142b:
- (i) a mould release agent used in the manufacture of plastic and elastomeric materials [
- (ii) a spinneret lubricant or cleaning agent used in the manufacture of synthetic fibres;
- (iii) a document preservation agent;
- (iv) a fire-extinguishing agent used in equipment for non-residential applications
(v) a wasp or hornet agent;
- (vi) a rigid foam product;
- (vii) refrigerant R-412A;
- (viii) refrigerant R-509A.
- e) A pressurized container containing a product other than HCFC-22, HCFC-141b or HCFC-142b intended for use in animal or human health care, including a bronchial dilator, inhalable steroid, topical anesthetic and veterinary wound powder spray or for a laboratory or analytical use.
For full details consult Appendix C of Customs D-Memorandum D19-7-2 provides examples of products that may contains Ozone-depleting substances and hydrofluorocarbons.
Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) authorizes importers and exporters to import or export ozone-depleting substances (ODS) and hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) and products containing or designed to contain these substances by issuing a permit to import or a permit to export and/or by issuing an allowance (for HCFCs and new bulk HFCs only) or a transfer of allowance.
For further information about import or export of ODS or HFCs, please contact:
Ozone Layer Protection and Export Controls
Chemical Production Division
Environment and Climate Change Canada
351 St. Joseph Boulevard, 11th floor
Gatineau, QC K1A 0H3
or visit ECCC’s Stratospheric Ozone website.