Chemicals Export / Import Regulation

Exporters of certain hazardous chemicals to non-EU countries have particular obligations (Export-Import Regulation (EU) No 649/2012 (further amended by Regulation (EU) 2018/172). The objective of this law is to allow countries to monitor and to control the export and import of certain hazardous chemicals. It also allows countries to refuse export and/or to place certain conditions on their import.

Regarding Brexit, the UK withdrew from the Union on the 31 January 2020. However, with the ratification of the withdrawal agreement and Northern Ireland Protocol, a transitional period will apply until 31 December 2020 and until that date UK companies will continue to comply with EU chemicals legislation and will still remain in a single customs area with the Union.

From January 1 2021, the UK will become a third country and so exporters of chemicals that are listed in the Annexes to the Export Import Regulation from Ireland to the UK will have obligations under the Regulation (e.g. notification requirements).

Further details on the Export Import Regulation are available here while information regarding the post-UK withdrawal is available on ECHA’s website