On October 25, China’s Ministry of Ecology and Environment published on its website a new list of ozone depleting substances regulated in China for import and export. This list has been developed based on international treaties and domestic laws, including the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol as well as China’s Regulations on Ozone Depleting Substances and Measures on the Import and Export of Ozone Depleting Substances.
The list contains 68 substances and mixtures, including HFCs, with their Chinese names, product numbers, codes and measuring units. It came into effect on November 1 to implement the import and export licensing system for these chemicals.
In order to import or export the substances, companies must submit an application in accordance with the Measures on the Import and Export of Ozone Depleting Substances and obtain approval from the Office for the Import and Export of Ozone Depleting Substances before they apply for an import and export license to the Ministry of Commerce or an organization designated by the Ministry. After obtaining the license, they are allowed to undergo customs clearance.
The previous six installments of the list, which were jointly issued by predecessors of the Ministry of Ecology and Environment and other departments between 2000 and 2012, were revoked on the effective date of the new list.
The latest full list of the regulated ozone depleting substances (in simplified Chinese) is available at