Apply for annual import authorisation - Rotterdam Convention
Australia is committed to controlling the trade of industrial chemicals that are toxic to human health and the environment. If you wish to import certain chemicals covered under the Rotterdam convention, you must apply and pay a fee.
Who must apply
Anyone seeking to import the following chemicals must apply and receive authorisation.
List of chemicals subject to import conditions
Section 71 of the Industrial Chemicals (General) Rules 2019 prohibits the introduction of certain industrial chemicals subject to the Rotterdam Convention without our prior authorisation. Penalties apply for non-compliance.
Note: Importers are responsible for staying informed about the status of Annex III-listed or severely restricted chemicals and any related import responses. This information is published in the PIC Circular.
|Chemical name||CAS Number|
Commercial octabromodiphenyl ether (including hexabromodiphenyl ether and heptabromodiphenyl ether)
Commercial pentabromodiphenyl ether (including tetrabromodiphenyl ether and pentabromodiphenyl ether)
Perfluorooctane sulfonic acid, perfluorooctane sulfonates, perfluorooctane sulfonamides and perfluorooctane sulfonyls, including:
(i) potassium perfluorooctane sulfonate; and
(ii) lithium perfluorooctane sulfonate; and
(iii) ammonium perfluorooctane sulfonate; and
(iv) diethanolammonium perfluorooctane sulfonate; and
(v) tetraethylammonium perfluorooctane sulfonate; and
(vi) didecyldimethylammonium perfluorooctane sulfonate; and
(vii) N‑ethylperfluorooctane sulfonamide; and
(viii) N‑methylperfluorooctane sulfonamide; and
(ix) N‑ethyl‑N‑(2‑hydroxyethyl) perfluorooctane sulfonamide; and
(x) N‑(2‑hydroxyethyl)‑N‑methylperfluorooctane sulfonamide; and
(xi) perfluorooctane sulfonyl fluoride
|1691-99-2, 1763-23-1, 24448-09-7, 251099-16-8, 2795-39-3, 29081-56-9, 29457-72-5, 307-35-7, 31506-32-8, 4151-50-2, 56773-42-3, 70225-14-8|
Polybrominated Biphenyls (PBBs) including:
(i) hexabromobiphenyl; and
(ii) octabromobiphenyl; and
|13654-09-6, 27858-07-7, 36355-01-8|
|Short chain chlorinated paraffins (SCCP)||85535-84-8|
|Tributyl tin compounds||1461-22-9, 1983-10-4, 2155-70-6, 24124-25-2, 4342-36-3, 56-35-9, 85409-17-2|
|Decabromodiphenyl ether (decaBDE)||1163-19-5|
|Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA)*||335-67-1|
PFOA‑related compounds*, including:
- C8F17-X, where X = F, Cl, Br
- C8F17-C(=O)O-X′ (where X′ = any group, including salts) or
- C8F17-CF2-X′ (where X′ = any group, including salts)
If your chemical is one of these you must use our Guide to categorising your chemical importation and manufacture to work out your introduction category.
Information you must provide
You’ll need the following information:
- Importer’s and supplier’s contact details, including an ABN (if applicable)
- AICIS registration number
- Common name and trade name of the PIC chemical
- CAS number
- AHECC code
- Intended use of the chemical - industrial, pesticide or both
- If the PIC chemical is in a mixture, the name of the mixture and the % of PIC chemical in the mixture
- Safety data sheet and label
How to apply
- Download and complete:
- Log in to AICIS Business Services and click 'Other applications'
- For the application type, select 'Rotterdam Convention - Annual Import authorisation' and fill in your business contact and application contact. Then click Save.
- In 'Upload application form', upload the form.
- Pay invoice and submit the application form.
Introductions of tetraethyl lead
Tetraethyl lead is a highly toxic fuel additive. Although it is listed on the Inventory, the introduction of tetraethyl lead is subject to special conditions. If you wish to import tetraethyl lead, please contact us.
Payments are non-refundable.
Apply to import a Rotterdam Convention banned or severely restricted industrial chemical