Published on 27 - November - 2012
SWEDEN: Customs officers are continuing
to identify what appears to be growing incidences of false stickers being used
by criminals to disguise illegal exports of waste or secondhand CFC
Following last week's news of cases of
interceptions of shipments of illegal waste or secondhand fridges in Germany and
the Netherlands, customs officers in Sweden have now reported finding a batch of
suspected false R134a stickers.
In the German and Dutch cases, waste or
secondhand refrigerators carried stickers suggesting that the compressors
contained R600a (isobutane). On removing the stickers, customs officers found
they actually contained the now banned CFC R12.
In this latest case
Swedish customs found a batch of R134a refrigerator/compressor product stickers
when checking a person that was earlier fined for smuggling waste CFC equipment.
While the stickers showed different company names, all had the same model and
production numbers. The person carrying the stickers person did not work for any
of the companies involved.
European regulations prohibit the export
outide the EU of products and equipment containing CFCs or whose continuing
function relies on supply of CFCs. Similar regulations apply in many other