19 new entries containing 22 substances are now subject to export notifications under the PIC Regulation. Three of the entries (diquat, glufosinate and propineb) cover two substances each.
EU exporters who want to export any of the substances after 1 September 2020, as such or in mixtures, need to notify their designated national authority of their intention at least 35 days before the date of their first export.
20 of the 22 substances also need consent from the authorities of the importing country before they can be exported.
The majority of the 22 substances have been added to the PIC Regulation because they are banned as active substances in plant protection products within the EU. Some are also severely restricted under the Biocidal Products Regulation and, approved only for a limited number of biocidal products. One substance (imidacloprid) is also used in veterinary medicinal products.
The pesticide phorate has been added following its listing under the Rotterdam Convention in 2019. Exports of phorate now require an export notification.
The industrial chemical hexabromocyclododecane (HBCDD) has also been added to Annex I, Part 3 to PIC following its listing under the Rotterdam Convention in 2019. However, as HBCDD is already listed under Annex V to PIC, exports of it from the EU are banned.
All EU exporters and importers of all these substances now have to report their annual imports and exports to and from the EU.
Furthermore, a series of mercury-containing articles have also been added to Annex V to PIC and exporting them from the EU is now banned. In addition, two mercury compounds have been added and their export is now only allowed for uses in laboratory scale research and analysis.
On 24 September 2020, ECHA will host an online information session to explain the scope and main requirements of the PIC Regulation, as well as the actions exporters need to take to comply with the regulation – from notifying to reporting…