ODS exports rejected at an EU border control post

What to do if your ozone-depleting substances (ODS) exports are rejected at an EU border control post (BCP).

If ODS you export from Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales) to EU (and Northern Ireland) are rejected at a EU BCP and need to return to GB you’ll need to regain free circulation status for the goods.

To regain free circulation status the ODS must comply with clearance processes.

You must:

  • have a full customs declaration
  • be registered on the GB ODS licensing system
  • hold sufficient ODS quota
  • have a valid ODS import licence at the time of re-entry

The Environment Agency will administer the GB ODS system on behalf of England, Scotland and Wales, subject to receiving the direction of the Scottish and Welsh governments.

The National Clearance Hub (NCH) will check your customs declaration against the ODS licensing system.

Your ODS may not be able to re-enter GB if:

  • you are not on the ODS licensing System
  • the consignment does not have a valid ODS import licence

NCH will instruct Border Force to stop and detain your consignment at the border when returning from an EU BCP.

NCH or Border Force and the regulator will check the consignment and decide how to deal with the returned ODS.

The regulator is:

  • Environment Agency in England
  • Scottish Environmental Protection Agency in Scotland
  • Natural Resources Wales in Wales

The ODS may be destroyed.

Published 11 January 2021