A New South Wales-based dealer was fined by the Department of Environment and Energy for importing vehicles with air-conditioning units containing a synthetic refrigerant gas likely to be R134a.
Last week, the Australian Department of the Environment and Energy fined a New South Wales-based dealer $12,600 AUD (€8,200) for importing vehicles with air-conditioning units containing an unnamed synthetic refrigerant gas with a global warming potential (GWP) of 1,430.
R134a, a HFC, is commonly used across mobile air-conditioning in cars and larger vehicles and has a GWP of 1,430.
The importer of the vehicles received the fine for not having an appropriate licence to import cars with air conditioners containing f-gases.
The Department of the Environment and Energy noted in a press release that the firm “incurred significant warehousing costs and business delays” for not possessing an import licence for this equipment.
Australia began phasing-down HFCs this year under its updated Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Management Act.
A licence or exemption is required to import equipment containing high-GWP and ozone-depleting potential.
The Australian government recommends importers and custom brokers check the legislation on importing or exporting goods containing refrigerants.
They also note adequate time should be allowed to apply for a licence or exemption and can take up to 60 days.
The maximum penalty for each import offence is $2,100,000.
For more information on the regulation, please click: www.environment.gov.au/protection/ozone.