The National Ozone Unit at the Supreme Council for the Environment’s Department of Environmental Assessment and Control monitors cooling air-conditioning materials, devices and equipment that are imported to the Kingdom of Bahrain to make sure they are free of substances that deplete the Ozone Layer, in implementation of the Ministerial Decree No. (1) of 1999 with respect to Control of the Ozone Layer Depleting Substances, as well as allow no entry of chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) materials that are subject to control as from January 2010, according to the requirements of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer.
The National Ozone Unit grants the necessary licenses for the importation of alternative substances and devices that do not deplete the Ozone Layer. It also grants licenses to companies that own the quota system of Hydro chlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs), according to the standards set by the relevant national committee in this regard.
Licensing Procedures for materials and gases related to cooling and air-conditioning that Deplete the Ozone Layer and their alternatives
- Submitting the application form obtained the Commercial Registration to the Licensing Department at the Supreme Council for the Environment.
- The environmental inspector makes a preliminary inspection visit to the company’s site.
- The applicant should send an e-mail to the Management of Hazardous Chemicals on the e-mail address (email@example.com), including the following:
- Filling in an application form to import chemicals (Excel Sheet).
- The Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) for each substance necessarily containing a chemical composition of 100% should be attached to the application form.
- A copy of the commercial registration of the company including the importation of chemical materials.
- The department’s specialist examines the data provided accurately, and the license to import these materials is granted if the data are complete, and the materials aren’t banned or severely restricted.
- Printing or sending the paper documents are prohibited, as all paperwork transactions will be rejected.
Licensing Procedures and Customs Clearance for materials and gases related to cooling and air-conditioning that Deplete the Ozone Layer and their alternatives
- Filling in the form for Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer and its alternatives, accompanied with a prior written authorization from the Environmental Assessment and Control Directorate of the Supreme Council for the Environment.
- The applicant should be committed to all the instructions set forth in the form.
- The form should be submitted through the customs clearance system (Horizon project).
- The department’s specialist examines, and approves or rejects it based on the data provided and the situation of the company.
- After the application is approved by the customs ports (Horizon project), the importer is entitled to submit an import demand from the country of origin, and violators will be legally held accountable.
- When the consignment arrives in the Kingdom of Bahrain, samples of it are examined, and when the material in the cylinder does not match the requested one, the request is rejected, and the importer has to return shipment to the country of origin.
- When the imported amount of Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer exceeds the quota of the importing company, the company shall have to re-export the additional amount.
- If the chemical composition of the product is not 100% provided in the list of Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS), the applicant shall submit a formal declaration from the factory of the product in a sealed official letter from the factory showing the required chemical composition of the material.
- If the chemical data cannot be directly received from the factory because of their confidentiality, the applicant shall ask the factory to send the required chemical data directly to the SCE’s Hazardous Chemical Materials Unit, where they will be treated as secret.
- If the chemical data cannot be directly received from the factory for secret reasons or because of the confidentiality of data, the applicant may ask for a meeting with the SCE’s department’s specialist for guidance and help.
- The import and use of banned or severely restricted material are prohibited, and violators will be held legally responsible.
- The import of banned and severely restricted substances may be allowed if they ate meant for the purpose of laboratory analysis or medical uses. In this case, each consignment must obtain the prior written consent of the SCE’s Assessment and Control Department.
- The import of banned and severely restricted substances may be allowed if they are going to be used in a closed system. Each shipment must obtain the prior written consent from the SCE’s Assessment and Control Department.
It is prohibited to import any chemical materials or products without taking the prior written license from the SCE’s Environmental Assessment and Control Department, and violators will be held legally responsible.