On 5th April, Cooling Post reported that the Guardia Civil has uncovered an alleged illegal trade in as much as 10 tonnes of refrigerant R22 being carried out by a Valencia-based company, with the material shipped to Panama.  The company is said to have been allegedly involved in recovery and repackaging the gas as hazardous waste and destroyed, but did not report the reality of the gases recovered and that destroyed or eliminated, and it also exported some without the necessary export licence.  The article reveals that this is not the first case in Spain involving R22.  Under EU law, R22 has not been legal for use in new air conditioning equipment since 2004, and topping up of systems using R22 was banned from 2015.

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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