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Workshop for specialist importers

Thursday 22 December 2022 | Written by Al Williams | Published in Economy, Local, National, Technology

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Workshop for specialist importers
A training workshop on the Montreal Protocol Licensing system was conducted by the National Environment Service. NES/22122129

The National Environment Service (NES) has held a training workshop on the Montreal Protocol Licensing system.

It was attended by Cook Islands Customs Officers, Customs Brokers and importers of controlled substances listed under the Montreal Protocol.

The purpose of the workshop was to introduce the Montreal Protocol Licensing System, which requires importers of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) and hydrocarbons (HCs) refrigerants to apply for an import permit.

HFCs are harmful chemicals that contribute towards climate change and HCs are the alternatives which have minor impact on the environment, says National Environment Service.

The Cook Islands Government have committed to the phasing down of hydrofluorocarbons to ensure the country is playing a part in reducing Green House Gas (GHG) emissions.

In a statement, National Environment Service said the licensing system will help to monitor the importation, consumption and trade of HFCs and HCs, for which the Cook Islands have a set baseline that the country must stay within.

Importers must register with the NES before applying for a permit to import.

NES Montreal Protocol project coordinator, Mii Herman acknowledges the hard work that customs officers do to strengthen illegal trade measures and border control.
“Collaboration and cooperation at national level is important, we must work together to make the work lighter and achievable.” 
The Montreal Protocol System will be effective from January 1, 2023.