Parties are invited to report to the Ozone Secretariat fully proved cases of illegal trade in ozone-depleting substances.
|Party||Seizure Date Year||Substances Traded||Volume||Importing Exporting Country||Illegal Trade Details||Action Taken||Remarks|
|North Macedonia||14 September, 2021||200 cylinders of R-407C, 100 cylinders of HFC-32||3,160 kg||From Türkiye to North Macedonia||200 pieces of R407C are in non-refillable cylinders; The control performed with Refrigerant Analyzer ULTIMA ID PRO RI-700H confirmed that the F-gases are R-407C and HFC-32.||The temporarily detained 200 pieces of R-407C / 11.3 kg will be returned to the Turkish exporter.||Total value of the shipment was around 20700 USD. The controls were done under the operational activities within the operation „Illegal trade in F-gases / non-refillable cylinders – 2021” on September 1, 2021.|
|North Macedonia||1 October, 2021||100 cylinders of R-404A, 20 cylinders of R-410A, 20 cylinders of HFC-134a||1,588kg||From Serbia to North Macedonia||All cylinders are non-refillable. The control performed with Refrigerant Analyzer ULTIMA ID PRO RI-700H confirmed that the F-gases are R-404A, R-410A and HFC-134a.||The temporarily detained 140 pieces of R-404A / 10.9kg, R-410A / 11.3kg and HFC-134a / 13.6kg will be returned to the Serbian exporter.||Total value of the shipment was around 7460 euro.|
|North Macedonia||23 February, 2022||57 bottles of F-gas R-507A, 4 bottles of F-gas HFC-134a||693kg||From North Macedonia to Bulgaria||The shipment was destined to Bulgaria from North Macedonia via Deve Bair of North Macedonia and Gyueshevo of Bulgaria. The commodities were declared as plastic barrels (HS Code 3923.90). The cylinders were non-refillable. The use of non-refillable cylinders is prohibited in the European Union and the Republic of North Macedonia.||The shipment was concealed among the declared plastic barrels.||The export and import companies were not involved in the smuggling. The offender who was driving the truck and trailer, is a North Macedonia national and the owner of the transport company. The truck used for transportation is registered to Bulgaria. The seizure was made based on risk profiling.|
The Multilateral Fund: US$7,724,908The Multilateral Fund is the financial mechanism of the Montreal Protocol and provides financial and technical assistance to Article 5 (developing) countries to enable their compliance with the Protocol’s control measures.
The Executive Committee of the Multilateral Fund has approved funding to North Macedonia in the amount of US$7,724,908 as of 2023-06-30. This includes the funding for current ongoing projects (including agency fees):
|Title||Implementing agency||Approved funding ($US)|
|HFC phase-down related projects||UNIDO||139,100|
|HCFC phase-out management plan (HPMP)||UNIDO||209,025|
As at 2021-12-31, US$6,835,718 had been disbursed.
This information is provided by Multilateral Fund Secretariat. For more information please refer to the Multilateral Fund website