Last reviewed 27 January 2021

The Government has updated its guidance on ozone-depleting substances and F-gases to reflect the closure of the window for applying for GB quotas. In addition, it has added guidance on what to do if exports are rejected at an EU border control post.

The window for applying for F-gas and ODS GB quota is closed. The Environment Agency will open the window for businesses to apply for 2022 quota later this year and will publish details at www.gov.uk/guidance/applying-for-quota-to-produce-or-import-f-gas and www.gov.uk/guidance/applying-for-quota-to-import-or-produce-ozone-depleting-substances respectively.

If ODS being exported from Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales) to the EU (and Northern Ireland) are rejected at an EU border control post (BCP) need to return to GB it will be necessary to regain free circulation status for the goods.

To regain free circulation status the ODS must comply with clearance processes, ie:

  • have a full customs declaration

  • be registered on the GB ODS licensing system

  • hold sufficient ODS quota

  • have a valid ODS import licence at the time of re-entry.

If HFCs (hydrofluorocarbons, the most common type of F gas) being exported from GB to the EU (and Northern Ireland) are rejected at a BCP and need to return to GB it will be necessary to regain free circulation status for the goods.

This applies to both HFCs in bulk and in products and equipment.

To regain free circulation status the HFCs must comply with clearance processes, ie:

  • have a full customs declaration

  • be registered on the GB HFC registry

  • have sufficient HFC quota authorisations or delegations at the time of re-entry.

The ODS and HFCs may be destroyed.