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Illegal trade in ODS: An introduction Ezra Clark OzonAction Branch, UNEP DTIE Grenada- 27 th November 2013.

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1 Illegal trade in ODS: An introduction Ezra Clark OzonAction Branch, UNEP DTIE Grenada- 27 th November 2013

2 2 Currently global trade in HCFCs is around 1 million tonnes per year 1 ODP tonne ≡ 18.2 Metric tonnes (of HFCF 22)

3 3 Major ODS producers: HCFCs Country Production in 2012 (ODP tonnes) Argentina Canada49.14 China34, Democratic People's Republic of Korea28.66 France India1, Japan Mexico Netherlands116.6 Republic of Korea Russian Federation United States of America1, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of)

4 4 Major ODS producers: Methyl Bromide Country Production in 2012 (ODP tonnes) China149.8 Israel1, Japan83 United States of America608 Country Production in 2012 (ODP tonnes) China219.5 France815.5 Carbon Tetrachloride

5 5 Country Production in 2012 (ODP tonnes) China270.4 Russian Federation80 CFCs So is trade in CFCs are history?

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8 Reasons for smuggling...

9 ODS substitutes are often more expensive High cost of changing to substitutes - retrofitting of equipment often needed Long lifetime of equipment containing ODS - R&AC, foaming lines, dry-cleaning machines Transfer Of Used Refrigerators and Cars Different price between domestic and international

10 Reasons for smuggling Intense business competition in context of limited license and quota The demand for ODS remains high and may be higher than legally allowed import quota Evasion of tax levied on ODS Lack of enforcement of trade restrictions

11 Challenges for control of HCFCs Different phase-out schedules Production/consumption controls in key non-Article 5 markets (EU/US) coupled with on-going demand (servicing etc.) Rapid production growth in Article 5 countries Low price – R HCFC freeze for A5 countries and first reduction around the corner...

12 Consequences Erodes the success of the Montreal Protocol Undermines compliance and related investment Loss of taxation and duties Threatens legitimate businesses and values of society Health and safety costs Damage to equipment 12

13 Magnitude of ODS smuggling Global ODS smuggling in 1990s  20 thousand tonnes per year  thousand UDS per year Global ODS smuggling in 2000s  7–14 thousand tonnes per year  million USD per year Operation "Sky Hole Patching” in  27 seizures with 155 tonnes of ODS in Asia Operation "Sky Hole Patching II” in 2010  28 seizures with 64 tonnes of ODS  728 items of ODS-containing equipment seized  2 tons of cocaine seized together with CFC cylinders

14 Magnitude of ODS smuggling ECA enforcement award (2 nd edition) in  17 seizures of 72 iteam of equipment and 3016 refrigerant cylinders containing more than 61 metric tonns of ODS  16 unwanted shipments of 342 metric tonns of ODS prevented (iPIC)  103 MT of past illegal trade detected From iPIC in metric tonnes of ODS, including CFCs, HCFCs and carbon tetrachloride avoided (illegal or unwanted trade)

15 Common smuggling schemes  Fraudulent Transshipments  “Recycled” versus “Virgin”  Mis-declaration and falsified shipment papers  Traditional or front door smuggling (hiding)  Mis-labeling as legal ODS or non-ODS e.g. HFC  Smuggling CFCs in compressors or equipment  Splitting valves / double layer tanks  Counterfeits

16 HCFC illegal trade R-502

17 HCFC illegal trade

18 Contaminated mixtures

19 19 N° Cylinders declared as R-134a R134aR22R12Air 1 16,465,218,50% 2 39,8%26,9%33,4%0% 3 14,1%70,6%15,3%0% Detected in Togo

20 20 Paraguay: 1150 cylinders declared as R-134a, in fact 90% of the content was HCFC-22 Shipment was from Brazil and was returned to Brazil

21 21 Seizure of counterfeit CFC- 12 in Asia-Pacific

22 A few examples...22 Poland: ‘Suspicious’ HFC-134a cylinder (because of unusually low price). The cylinder in fact was contained a mixture of refrigerants including CFC-12 (identified with refrigerant identifier and confirmed by Gas Chromatography

23 Consequences23

24 The Montreal Protocol does not impose controls on products or equipment containing or relying on ODS HCFC equipment

25 Some countries and economic organisations have introduced trade restrictions on such products/equipment Reducing the amount of HCFC-reliant equipment in a country will make compliance with the phase-out easier Many European/central Asian countries have made seizures of HCFC-reliant/containing equipment HCFC equipment

26 Who is smuggling ODS? Not only opportunistic traders… Lucrative - High profits & often low risks of detection and ineffective penalties Global environmental crimes involve cross- border criminal syndicates by their very nature Characteristics: organised networks, porous borders, money laundering, corruption, exploitation of disadvantaged communities

27 Link with organised crime There is clear evidence that environmental criminals engage in other major areas of crime such as document and passport fraud, corruption, the possession and use of illegal weapons, murder, and other smuggling issues notably in drugs, firearms and people. A significant proportion of both wildlife crime and pollution crime point to the involvement of organized crime networks. …detailed planning of operations, substantial financial support, the careful management of international shipments and massive profits from INTERPOL Environmental crime website

28 Response Raised capacity, training → vigilance Inter-agency cooperation Regional and international cooperation platforms and mechanism Regional/border dialogues Latest identification equipment Informal prior informed consent –iPIC Risk profiling 28

29 OzonAction UNEP Division of Technology, Industry and Economics 29 Thank you for your attention


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