The UN Environment Programme on 7th November reported that Pakistani customs officers trained by UNEP are responsible for a massive seizure of R-22 (also known as HCFC-22) refrigerant, a powerful ozone-depleting substance and greenhouse gas.  In the largest seizure of its kind for Pakistan, customs authorities confiscated 18,000 kg of the smuggled refrigerant at Karachi Port in mid-October.  The business responsible for the shipment, M/s Cool Corporation, had originally imported it from China via Dubai and claimed to be importing R-32 gas (also known as HFC-32), a comparatively benign refrigerant, but the container was not classified for R-32.  The tank was pasted with large stickers declaring its contents as R-32 and flammable, which R-22 is not.

Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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