On March 26, 2024, as part of the initial training courses for customs officers, a seminar was organized at the customs office of the city of Arkadag on the topic of preventing illicit trafficking in ozone-depleting substances (ODS) and hydrochlorofluorocarbons. The seminar was conducted by the Ministry of Environmental Protection of Turkmenistan in cooperation with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).

A national expert on ODS trafficking introduced the seminar participants to the legal structure of the Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer and the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer. Presentations and video materials were heard on the most important areas of monitoring and control of ozone-depleting substances (ODS).

Continuing the seminar, theoretical knowledge was supported by practical exercises on identifying ODS based on customs documentation, visual inspection of containers and using ozone-depleting substance identifiers.