Imports of foam

The Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Management Act 1989 (the Act) prohibits the import and manufacture of products that contain or rely upon chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs).

These include foams blown with CFCs such as:

  • extruded polystyrene packaging & insulation board
  • rigid polyurethane foam products
  • moulded polyurethane foam
  • CFC foams insulation in refrigeration and air-conditioning equipment.

The Act also prohibits the import of polyols blended containing hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs), including, for example HCFC141b, HCFC22 and HCFC142b. Importation is prohibited unless a licence and HCFC quota are granted under the Act.

The Act also prohibits the manufacture and import of refrigeration and air conditioning equipment that is insulated with foam manufactured with a HCFC. However, an exemption to this prohibition applies until the end of 31 December 2019.


For more information please contact the Import Operations Team on:
Phone: +61 2 6274 1373

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