Export and Import of Dangerous Chemicals


  • The EU Commission has extended the deadline for Article 10 reports, verifying the tonnage of PIC chemicals imported or exported outside the EU, from 31st March 2020 to 31st May 2020. The move has been made to accomodate companies who under present circumstances, may be struggling to meet their obligations.

  • 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

See Further Information