Taiwan Drafts Amendments to the Regulations For Consumption Management of Hydrochlorofluorocarbons and the Foreign Trade Act

On 26 July 2017, the Taiwan Environmental Protection Administration, Executive Yuan (EPA) published a notice on a drafted amendment of Regulations for Consumption Management of Hydrochlorofluorocarbons. The Regulations were promulgated under the Air Pollution Control Act, Article 30, and aim to coordinate the management of production, import, export and use of hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) as regulated under the Montreal Protocol. The draft amends Article 12 to clarify the responsible authority for the import and/or export license application process. At present, importers of HCFCs are required to obtain the approval documents from EPA and apply for the approval licenses from the Bureau of Foreign Trade prior to the customs clearance process. From 2018 onwards, all information pertaining to the import/export of HCFCs will be transferred from the Bureau of Foreign Trade to EPA. In the future, importers will directly apply for the approval licenses from EPA through the Custom-Port-Trade (CPT) Single Window upon receiving the approval documents. In conjunction with this amendment, the Taiwan Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) published a notice on a drafted amendment of the Foreign Trade Act on 9 August 2017. The Foreign Trade Act regulates import/export activities in Taiwan. The draft amends Article 11 to transfer the responsibility of the Bureau of Foreign Trade in the application, approval and issuance process of the import/export licenses to the Environmental Protection Administration, Executive Yuan (EPA), and to modify import/export specification codes under the Restricted Import and/or Export Goods Lists. The public comment period ends on 29 September 2017 for the amendment to the Regulations for Consumption Management of Hydrochlorofluorocarbons, and on 8 October 2017 for the amendment to the Foreign Trade Act. Further information is available at:

ChemAdvisor, 23 August 2017 ; https://www.chemadvisor.com