Tajikistan: Steps towards preventing illegal/unwanted trade of Ozone-Depleting Substances

05 Jun 2014

The Republic of Tajikistan received the Ozone Protection Award Medal during the third award ceremony in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 20-21 May 2014.

The global community strives to protect the Ozone Layer and calls all parties – country – members of the Montreal Protocol and Vienna Convention to actively participate in preventing ODS around the world. One of the global initiative is Europe and Central Asian Ozone Protection Award for Customs & Enforcement Officers launched by UNEP DTIE’s Ozone Action Programme in 2010. It aims to provide incentive and recognition to customs and enforcement officers and their respective organizations, who successfully prevented illegal / unwanted trade of substances, equipment or products relevant for the implementation of the Montreal Protocol. It contributes to raising awareness about the Montreal Protocol and promotes cooperation between national customs services and ozone units.

In 2013, Tajik Customs discovered seven refrigerant cylinders containing 98 metric kg of R22 during Customs inspection of a lorry at the entrance of the capital Dushanbe. The cylinders were inside the sealed lorry and originating from China and transported in the name of Tajik companies. They were seized because the shipment papers referred to consumer goods without mentioning the cylinders and because the importer had not obtained an import license. The analysis of the cylinders with a refrigerant identifier confirmed 100% R22. According to the Civil and Customs Codes, an administrative fine of USD 347 (or 1735 Tajik Somoni) was applied which corresponds to the value of the confiscated goods. The cylinders were released to the market.

In accordance with ratified HCFCs phase-out schedule of the Montreal Protocol the Republic of Tajikistan has to freeze the consumption of Hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) by 90% in 2015 and such actions taken by the customs will definitely prevent illegal/unwanted trade of Ozone-Depleting Substances and indeed, enable Tajikistan to fulfill its commitments under the Montreal Protocol and its amendments.

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Contact Information

Mirzohaydar Isoev, Project Manager, UNDP/GEF “Initial Implementation of Accelerated HCFC Phase Out in the CEIT Region”   Tel.: +992 44 6005517     Email: mirzohaydar.isoev@undp.org