As of December 03, 2012, the application for, and the approval of import/export of licenses for Ozone Depleting Substances (refrigerants) by the Ministry of the Environment, Foreign Trade and Export Development will now be done electronically.

All import or export license applications for these goods must be applied for using the License Module of the ASYCUDA World System that utilizes the Direct Trader Input (DTI) method. This system can also be used to monitor and manage the quota system for hydrochlorofluorocarbons to be implemented from January 1, 2012.

This paperless system implemented by Grenada is among the first in the Caribbean sub-region of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS). Importers and their brokers who would have received training in this procedure must ensure that they have the necessary infrastructure in place to facilitate this process since paper applications for licenses would no longer be accepted.

The National Ozone Unit welcomes this initiative immensely, since it would facilitate the control measures for imports and/or exports of ODSs and aid in the data capture and reporting requirements of the National Ozone Unit to the Multilateral Fund and Ozone Secretariats of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer.