On August 13, 2021, China’s Ministry of Ecology and Environment published “Ozone Depleting Substances List Subject to Import and Export Control in China (Draft for Comment) on its website. The comment period ended on August 20, 2021. In this draft, HFCs (hydrofluorocarbons) and their mixtures have been added to the list in accordance with the requirements of the Kigali Amendment. In addition, a commodity code was added to each of the 13 HFCs and 4 HFC mixtures that are currently subject to import and export trade, and 2 commodity codes were added to the other 5 HFCs and mixtures containing HFCs.
With the official commission of the “Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol” on June 17, 2021, China will need to establish an HFC import and export licensing system by December 15, 2021. In order to implement HFC import and export license process, based on the list of controlled substances by the Montreal Protocol and the Kigali Amendment, China’s Ministry of Ecology and Environment adjusted the commodity code of ozone-depleting substances in the existing list, added the commodity code of HFC, and formulated the “Ozone Depleting Substances List Subject to Import and Export Control in China (Draft for Comment)”.
In China, after the establishment of the export license system for ozone-depleting substances, based on the “Measures for the Administration of Import and Export of Ozone-Depleting Substances”, Ministry of Ecology and Environment published “Ozone Depleting Substances List Subject to Import and Export Control in China” 6 times which was in 2000, 2001, 2004, 2006, 2009, and 2012. In addition, considering the fact that the import and export of HCFCs (hydrochlorofluorocarbons) is almost non-existent, the 38 HCFC commodity codes in the 2004 list were adjusted to 12 commodity codes in 2009 in order to improve the efficiency of management.
The original text of “Ozone Depleting Substances Subject to Import and Export Control in China List (Draft for Comment) can be viewed at the following URL (in simplified Chinese)