Export and Import of Dangerous Chemicals


See ECHA's "How to notify PIC exports to the UK after UK’s withdrawal from the EU"

  • Regulation (EU) 649/2012 does not restrict exports to the UK before 29th March
  • PIC chemical exports to non-EU countries should be notified 35 days beforehand
    • For exports on 30th March, the 35 day target date was 23rd February

Article 10 requires exporters and importers to notify non-EU exports and imports of PIC chemicals in 2018 before 31st March 2019

The Export Import Regulation

Regulation (EU) No 649/2012 (further amended by Regulation (EU) 2018/172) places obligations on exporters of certain hazardous chemicals when exporting to non-EU countries.

The objective is to allow countries to monitor and to control the export and import of certain hazardous chemicals. It allows countries to refuse export and/or to place certain conditions on their import.

The Export Import Regulation:

  • Implements the Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent (PIC) Procedure for certain hazardous chemicals and pesticides in international trade
  • Promotes shared responsibility and cooperative efforts in the international movement of hazardous chemicals in order to protect human health and the environment
  • Contributes to the environmentally sound use of hazardous chemicals
  • Imposes the same packaging and labelling requirements as apply within the EU to all exports of all dangerous substances

See Further Information