Guidance on the importation of gas cylinders

The importation of ozone depleting substances (ODS) and synthetic greenhouse gases (SGG) into Australia is controlled by the Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Management Act 1989 (the Act).

Generally, a controlled substances licence is required to import hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), perfluorocarbons (PFCs), hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) or methyl bromide into Australia unless the substance is contained in a manufactured product covered by section 9(1) of the Act.

Section 9(1) of the Act exempts a scheduled substance from the licensing requirements of the Act if it is contained in a manufactured product that uses the substance in its operation or, contains that substance only because it was used in the manufacture of the product.

The Department has been asked a number of questions by industry stakeholders regarding the application of s 9(1) of the Act to cylinders used as a component in a system or device which is intended to disperse the scheduled substance. As a result, the Department has developed a simple test (below) to assess whether such an item is or is not a manufactured product.

The test

QUESTION 1. Does the item contain any of the following substances as specified in Schedule 1 to the Ozone and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Management Act 1989?



QUESTION 2. Is the substance in a manufactured product that:

a. in its operation, will use the substance; or<
b. consists in part of that substance only because the substance was used in the manufacturing process?




QUESTION 3. Can the intended end user take the item (e.g. gas cylinder), as imported, without modifying it or attaching it to another piece of equipment, and use the item for its intended purpose?



Examples of items that might pass this test are listed below.

Items considered 'manufactured products' include, but are not restricted to:

Items not considered manufactured products include, but are not restricted to:

The above examples represent an assessment by the Department of particular products and do not indicate how the test will be applied to products with different characteristics and features.

More information

For more information please contact the Import Licensing Team on:
Phone: +61 2 6274 1373
Email: ozone@environment.gov.au