Updates to HCFC Trade Language as Applied to Article 5 Countries; Ratification Status of Parties to the Montreal Protocol; and Harmonized Tariff Schedule Commodity Codes
- A copy of the rule can be found here.
- The Montreal Protocol obligates all parties, including the United States, to ban the trade of HCFCs with countries that have not ratified the Beijing Amendment. This action brings EPA’s stratospheric ozone protection regulations up to date to indicate that the trade provisions now apply to the trade of HCFCs with developing countries.
- Two countries are subject to the trade ban: Kazakhstan and Mauritania. Countries will be removed from the trade ban restrictions when they ratify the Beijing Amendment or are found to be in compliance with the Beijing Amendment by the Parties to the Protocol.
- The ratification status can be found at UNEP’s Ozone Secretariat’s website.
- This rule makes technical and clarifying edits to other sections of the regulations, including updating the list of developing countries in an Appendix and providing links to the Ozone Secretariat’s website for the latest information.
- This rule also updates an Appendix containing commodity codes for ozone depleting substances so that they match the codes currently in use by the U.S. International Trade Commission.