Export and Import of Dangerous Chemicals


  • Regarding Brexit, the UK withdrew from the Union on the 31 January 2020. A transitional period will apply until 31 December 2020, however from  1 January 2021, the UK will become a third country and so exporters of Annex I chemicals will have notification and reporting obligations under the Regulation. For more information on Brexit, please visit our Brexit webpages.

The Export Import Regulation

Regulation (EU) No 649/2012 (as amended) 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

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