The Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) inserted a new policy condition for various chemicals including organic chemicals.
“The importers shall, for each import consignment, submit a copy of the bill of entry within 30 days to the Ozone Cell,” DGFT said in a notification.
For dicholoroflouroethanes, it said the import of HCFC-141b- a chemical used by foam manufacturing enterprises and one of the most potent ozone depleting chemical after Chlorofluorocarbons- is prohibited except for feedstock applications. HCFC-141b is not produced in the country and all the domestic requirements are met through imports. India had phased out HCFC-141 b by January 1, 2020 wherein it said the issuance of import license for the chemical is prohibited under the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986.
DGFT also prohibited the import of other polyesters and pre-blended polyols- that are used by the foam industry.