On 16 July, Cooling Post reported that a new document, Checklist on Auctioning of Seized Refrigerants – How to Get it Right, has been produced by the UN Environmental Programme following revelations by the Cooling Post last year that Bulgarian customs authorities were planning to auction over 10 tonnes of seized refrigerant. However, no bids were received and the Bulgarian Customs Agency announced that the seized refrigerant would be destroyed. The document describes the options open to customs and enforcement officers in design with seized refrigerant – including re-exporting, destruction and auctioning. It says that illegal refrigerants intercepted before customs clearance could be turned back at the border. Refrigerants seized after customs clearance could be re-exported to the producer/exporter if known. The concern with both of these options is that these could be smuggled back in at a later date.
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