On 8 July, the Cooling Post website reported that the Environmental Investigation Agency has uncovered “systematic corruption” of customs officials in the illegal importation of refrigerants into Europe, with Romania identified as one of the major entry points. EIA mentioned the use of bribes of €20-30 per cylinder to customs officers when importing HFC from Ukraine (Turkey is mentioned as another source). EIA targeted online trading platforms such as Alibaba, eBay, Milanuncious and OLX to identify illegal traders offering refrigerant at well below market prices. Some vendors were openly displaying images of HFC in illegal disposable cylinders and, aware that disposable cylinders were now more likely to be detected by customs officers, some black marketeers have switched to refillable cylinders.
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