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How to apply for an Ozone Substance/Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Equipment Licence

When shipping vehicles to Australia is vitally important to your move to make sure that your car passes all of the examinations that that may have to pass before it can leave the port one check is for vehicles which contain Refrigerant Gases.  These gasses are usually found within vehicles like motorhomes and caravans that are shipped with refrigerators and air-conditioning units that use this special type of gas.

The ban of the gasses being shipped over to Australia without the right licence was brought into effect with the Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Management Act 1989, which allows Australia to control the manufacturing as well as the import and export of Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS) and Synthetic Greenhouse Gases (SSG) within Australia.

The Act states that if anyone is trying to import any piece of equipment that may contain any ODS or SSG then they must obtain an Ozone Substance/Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Equipment Licence (EQPL).

Applications for the licence should be made as early as possible, prior to the shipment of your vehicle, the process usually takes about 2 weeks to be completed once you have completed the application and provided all of the supporting documentation and payment of the licencing fee, however this process can take up to 60 days to be completed fully so getting your application sorted as early as possible is highly suggested.

You will be required to pay a fee of $3000 for a regular EQPL and $400 if you qualify for the partial fee for a one off, low-volume import.  When completing the application you will be required to provide the following information;

  • Personal Details – A copy of your photo ID may be required to prove your identification.
  • Street and Postal Address
  • The name and contact details of the applicant
  • The details of the goods you are intending to import, including;
    1. Estimation date for the arrival of the goods into Australia.
    2. The products name (make and model)
    3. The products category
    4. Type of refrigerant contained within the equipment
    5. The amount of refrigerant contained within each piece of the equipment (in grams)
    6. The amount of individual units
    7. The total amount of refrigerant (in grams)
  • A copy of the purchase invoice or receipt for the goods you are shipping.

You can find the application form to apply for your EQPL on the Australian Government Department of The Environment website.

Some important information to note when shipping any unit that contains refrigerant gasses you will need to find out what type of gas is used within the equipment as well as the amount of gas that is within the equipment, and all of the information that you submit to the Australian Government must be in written English or translated into English before submitting the application.


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