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 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:
The substances phased out, being phased out, or prohibited/controlled for import or export.
This page outlines the controls and application procedures for importing Methyl Bromide under the Ozone Layer Protection Act 1996.
Provides information about the controls and application procedures for importing HCFCs.
Provides information about the process to transfer entitlement to import ozone-depleting substances.
This page outlines controls placed on the export of ozone depleting substances.
Information about the procedures for granting an exemption to the import of ozone-depleting substances.
Relevant forms for import, export, and exemption permits for ozone depleting substances.
HCFC base year and special permits end on 1 January 2015. After that only small amounts under Wholesaler permits can be imported.
If you are recycling, dismantling or repairing an old appliance you need to ensure that ozone depleting gases are not released into the atmosphere.