Canada’s ozone-depleting products guidelines updated

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) assists Environment Canada in administering the Canadian Environment Protection Act, 1999 and the Ozone-depleting Substances Regulations.

CBSA provides guidelines concerning the importation and exportation of ozone-depleting substances (ODS), products containing ODS and products designed to contain ODS. Generally, the importation and exportation of ODS is prohibited except in controlled and exempted cases.

Customs memorandum D19-7-2 was recently updated to include:

  • Response time for Environment Canada to advise the CBSA of action to be taken on detained shipments increased from two to four hours –
  • Time required for Environment Canada to remove detained shipments from the CBSA premises increased from 24 to 36 hours –
  • Updates to Environment Canada penalties –
  • List of Harmonized System (HS) classification codes for most common ozone-depleting substances – Appendix B;
  • Updates to the Environmental Enforcement Directorate contact information – Appendix D.
  • Reflects amendments to the Ozone-depleting Substances Regulations, 1998, and outlines procedures for the importation and exportation of ozone-depleting substances.

Read more on the Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA) at Environment Canada’s website.