Montreal Protocol Licensing System Training Workshop

The purpose of the training workshop was to introduce the Montreal Protocol Licensing System which requires Importers of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) and hydrocarbons (HCs) refrigerants to apply for a Permit to Import..
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The NES held a training workshop on the Montreal Protocol Licensing system that was attended by Cook Islands Customs Officers, Customs Brokers and Importers of Controlled Substances listed under the Montreal Protocol. The purpose of the training workshop was to introduce the Montreal Protocol Licensing System which requires Importers of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) and hydrocarbons (HCs) refrigerants to apply for a Permit to Import. HFCs are harmful chemicals that contribute towards climate change and HCs are the alternatives which have minor impact on the environment.

The Cook Islands Government have committed to the phasing down of HFCs to ensure we are playing our part in reducing Green House Gas (GHG) emissions. 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 we must stay within. Importers must register with the NES before applying for a Permit to Import.

NES Montreal Protocol Project Coordinator acknowledges the hard work that Customs Officers do to strengthen illegal trade measures and boarder 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 as of 01 January 2023.

For more information on this training please contact: 
Ms Mii Herman: mii.herman@cookislands.gov.ck or 
Ms Siana Whatarau: siana.whatarau@cookislands.gov.ck 

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