India introduced the licensing system in 1996, based on recommendation of the Meeting of Parties at Geneva in 1995.
Trade in ODS with non-party countries has been banned. Enterprises receiving ODS phaseout grant are obliged to provide information on ODS consumption and achievement of ODS phaseout.Harmonized classification of commodity codes consistent with international system has been introduced.
India has implemented regulations relating to licensing of import and export of ODSs.All exports of CFCs for non-Article 5 countries shall the labeled “New Product CFCs”.The objectives of the licensing system are to regulate the import and export of ODS in accordance with the Montreal Protocol. The design and implementation of the licensing system relates to regulation of production, trade and consumption of controlled substances for implementation of provisions of the Montreal Protocol. The Ozone Cell and Directorate General for Foreign Trade (DGFT) are involved in the export/import licensing process. A license to export a specified quantity of CFC-11/CFC-12 is issued to each producer on request with reference to the limits set by the Protocol. The license is on a calendar-year basis.
All ODS under Annex A, Annex B and Group I of Annex C of the Montreal Protocol are covered by the import licensing system. Import is permitted only against an import license.In addition, to the controls on production of ODS, certain controls have been imposed on the export and import of products that contain Ozone Depleting Substances.