F gases and ozone depleting substances

Moving F gas between Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Guide

Last updated 18 May 2021

Northern Ireland remains in the European Union fluorinated gas (F gas) system under the terms of the Northern Ireland Protocol.

Moving F gas from GB to NI

To move HFCs (the most common type of F gas) from GB to NI, you must comply with EU quota and registration requirements.

If you import HFCs to NI, you must:

  • register on the EU HFC Registry
  • have sufficient quota or quota authorisation to cover the amount of HFC you’re importing
  • make a customs declaration - you can use the Trader Support Service to make your declaration
  • include imports from GB in your annual EU HFC report

If you export HFCs from GB, you must include your exports to NI in your annual GB HFC report.

Moving F gas from NI to GB

To move HFCs from NI to GB, you must comply with GB quota and registration requirements.

If you import HFCs to GB, you must:

If you export HFCs from NI, you must include exports to GB in your annual EU HFC report.

Customs declaration and the Goods Vehicle Movement Service

Before moving HFCs from certain NI ports to GB, you must:

Make a customs declaration on the Customs Declaration Service - this generates a declaration unique consignment reference (DUCR).

Create a new goods movement reference (GMR) for the move using the Goods Vehicle Movement Service - the haulier will need the DUCR to do this.