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Importing or exporting ozone depleting substances in New Zealand

The main purpose of the Ozone Layer Protection Act 1996 (OLPA) is to phase out ozone-depleting substances.

Because New Zealand does not produce these substances, we use a system of import controls to meet our obligations in phasing out the use of, and limiting access to, certain products containing these substances.

You need a permit from us before you can import ozone depleting substances such as methyl bromide, halons or hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs). Import levels for these substances are periodically reduced. Some categories of permit can only be granted to importers who can demonstrate an existing use prior to the introduction of OLPA.  Also, some substances may no longer be imported as they have already been phased out.

 In this section:

Controls on ozone-depleting substances

The substances phased out, being phased out, or prohibited/controlled for import or export.

Importing methyl bromide

This page outlines the controls and application procedures for importing Methyl Bromide under the Ozone Layer Protection Act 1996.

Controls for HCFCs

Provides information about the controls and application procedures for importing HCFCs.

The import control system

Provides information about the process to transfer entitlement to import ozone-depleting substances.

Controls for the export of ozone-depleting substances

This page outlines controls placed on the export of ozone depleting substances.

Exemptions for import prohibitions

Information about the procedures for granting an exemption to the import of ozone-depleting substances.

Application forms

Relevant forms for import, export, and exemption permits for ozone depleting substances.

Phasing out HCFCs

HCFC base year and special permits end on 1 January 2015. After that only small amounts under Wholesaler permits can be imported.

Proper disposal of your refrigerants

If you are recycling, dismantling or repairing an old appliance you need to ensure that ozone depleting gases are not released into the atmosphere.

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