Products Containing Hydrochlorofluorocarbon Prohibited by Canada as of January 1, 2020

Effective January 1, 2020, Canada will prohibit the importation of products containing or designed to contain hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC). Currently, most HCFC products are controlled for import and export purposes.

Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) allows parties to import or export ozone-depleting substances (ODS), hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) and related products containing or designed to contain such materials by issuing a permit to import or a permit to export and/or by issuing an allowance (for HCFCs and new bulk HFCs only) or a transfer of allowance.

Import of HCFC products will be prohibited, except for personal use (b) items, which will continue to be allowed at this time. These include:

  • a) Products containing or designed to contain HCFCs other than HCFC-22, HCFC-141b and HCFC-142b: e.g., air-conditioning system, refrigerator, chiller, vending machine;
  • b) Products containing or designed to contain HCFCs that is a personal or household effect for the person’s personal use
  • c) Products used in military ships before January 1, 2017
  • d) A pressurized container that contains 2kg or less of an HCFC other than HCFC-22, HCFC-141b or HCFC-142b:
    • a mold release agent used in the manufacture of plastic and elastomeric materials
    • a spinneret lubricant or cleaning agent used in the manufacture of synthetic fibers;
    • a document preservation agent;
    • a fire-extinguishing agent used in equipment for non-residential application
    • a wasp or hornet agent;
    • a rigid foam product
    • refrigerant R-412A;
    • refrigerant R-509A
  • e) A pressurized container containing a product other than HCFC-22, HCFC-141b or HCFC-142b intended for use in animal or human health care, including a bronchial dilator, inhalable steroid, topical anesthetic and veterinary wound powder spray or for a laboratory or analytical use.

For additional information and assistance, please contact your local Delmar Representative or our Canadian Customs Advisory Services Team at advisoryservices@delmar.ca.

Additional Information:

Appendix C of Customs D-Memorandum D19-7-2

Ozone-depleting Substances and Halocarbon Alternatives Regulations (SOR/2016-137)

Memorandum D19-7-2

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