On July 30, 2019, a training workshop was held at the Training Center of the State Customs Service of Turkmenistan for customs officers to raise awareness of import / export / transit control of ODS (ozone-depleting substances) and ODS containing equipment. The seminar was organized within the framework of the project “Institutional Strengthening for the Implementation of the Montreal Protocol and the Implementation of the Plan for the Phased Reduction of Hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) in Turkmenistan” by the staff of the Ozone Office under the Ministry of Agriculture and Environment of Turkmenistan.
During the workshop, it was described in detail about each sector where ODS is used, namely the sector of refrigeration equipment, air conditioners, blowing agents, solvents, fire extinguishers and aerosols.
Topics were presented - the tasks of the customs service to monitor and control trade in ODS, methods of illegal trade in ODS, detection of legal and illegal trade, prevention of illegal trade in ODS at the national and international levels, cases of illegal trade in ODS.
During the workshop, a practical lesson on working with the device called refrigerant identifier (gas analyzer) was also held and it was clearly demonstrated how to determine the brand of refrigerant contained in the cylinders by its weight.
By joining the Convention and the Protocol, Turkmenistan made its own contribution to solving the problem of preserving the ozone layer. Since the adoption and signing of international agreements on the protection of the ozone layer, Turkmenistan has been in compliance with international obligations and has been awarded international certificates.
Supporting the efforts of the world community to solve the problem of the preservation of the ozone layer, Turkmenistan has ratified all international agreements in this field. The Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer and the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer were ratified on November 18, 1993, the London Amendment to the Montreal Protocol on March 15, 1994, the Copenhagen, Montreal and Beijing Amendments on January 22, 2008. Turkmenistan has the status of a country operating under Article 5 of the Montreal Protocol since 2005 and fully complies with the provisions of the Montreal Protocol and has been in compliance with the regime since 2006.