Sri Lanka Sri Lanka issues special notice on import control of HFC based refrigerants

Sri Lanka issues special notice on import control of HFC based refrigerants

As confirmed in late November 2020, the Ministry of Environment of Sri Lanka had issued a Special Notice on import control of HFC based refrigerants. This Notice refers to the following matters.

  • In accordance with the regulations mandated under the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, it is necessary to obtain a license from the Department of Import and Export Control in order to import HFC series refrigerants.
  • Under the Montreal Protocol, the average total quantity of HFC-based refrigerants imported to Sri Lanka during the period of 2020 to 2022 will be considered as a baseline for the HFC quota given to Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka will not be able to import HFC-based refrigerants beyond the determined quota after 2024.
  • However, there is no control mechanism applicable to the quantity of HFC-based refrigerants to be imported in the period of 2020 to 2022, and no National Ozone Unit (NOU) recommendations have been issued regarding the requirement to obtain a license necessary for imports.
  • From 2024, the issuance of licenses to importers will be under the jurisdiction of the Department of Import and Export Control.
  • The new HS codes for HFC series refrigerants have already been published in a Notification dated June 30, 2020 (2018/10).
  • The Ministry of Environment has formulated a plan to reduce the use of HFC-based refrigerants in a phased and systematic manner over the period of 2024 to 2045. The Ministry of Environment will also take appropriate measures for the introduction of alternative refrigerants to replace HFC-based refrigerants.
  • The future moves and further information can be obtained from Air Resource Management and National Ozone Unit (Tel: 0112034221/0112034222, E-mail:


The original text of the Special Notice can be downloaded from the following URL (in English).

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AOKI Kenji

Senior Consultant, EnviX Ltd.
General Director, E&H Consulting Co., Ltd.

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Expertise in EHS (environment, health and safety) consulting in ASEAN region.
- Environmental regulations updating
- Chemical regulations consulting


MSc in Earth Science, The University of Tokyo

AOKI Kenji