Export and Import of Dangerous Chemicals


Important News

Exporters and importers of PIC chemicals should notify yearly exports and imports under Article 10 before 31st March. Exceptionally Article 10 submissions are now allowed before 5pm on 26th April

An Article 10 report is not required for research or analysis chemical exports less than 10kg

Any importer of nicotine into Ireland from outside the EU in 2016 must notify the import before 5pm on 26th April

How to notify yearly imports

  • Step 1. If you do not have one, create an ECHA account using the illustrated step-by-step instructions starting on page 13 of the ECHA Accounts Manual
  • Step 2. Submit an Article 10 report in ePIC before 5pm on 26th April, including the amount of nicotine in all substances imported.
    • See advice in “Create report on imports” on page 48 of the ePIC User Manual
    • Importers need to notify the total quantity of nicotine imported in 2016
    • For imported mixtures containing nicotine (e-liquids) it is only the quantity of nicotine in the mixture that is notified  

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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