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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.

Research or analysis: authorisation is not required if introduced at 100 kg or less each year and used only for research or analysis.

List of chemicals subject to import conditions

  1. See a list of chemicals in the table below

  2. Tetraethyl lead - This is a highly toxic fuel additive and although it is on the Inventory, the introduction of tetraethyl lead is subject to special conditions. If you wish to import tetraethyl lead, please contact us

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 nameCAS Number
Commercial octabromodiphenyl ether (including hexabromodiphenyl ether and heptabromodiphenyl ether)36483-60-0, 68928-80-3
Commercial pentabromodiphenyl ether (including tetrabromodiphenyl ether and pentabromodiphenyl ether)32534-81-9, 40088-47-9
Hexabromocyclododecane (HBCD)25637-99-4

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

(iii) decabromobiphenyl

13654-09-6, 27858-07-7, 36355-01-8
Short chain chlorinated paraffins (SCCP)85535-84-8
Tetramethyl lead75-74-1
Tributyl tin compounds1461-22-9, 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 salts* 

PFOA‑related compounds*, including:

  • any related substance (including its salts and polymers) having a linear or branched perfluoroheptyl group with the formula C7F15- directly attached to another carbon atom as one of the structural elements 
  • any related substance (including its salts and polymers) having a linear or branched perfluorooctyl group with the formula C8F17- as one of the structural elements
*Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), its salts and PFOA‑related compounds does not include:

-    C8F17-X, where X = F, Cl, Br
-    C8F17-C(=O)OH, 
-    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

  1. Download and complete: 
  1. Log in to AICIS Business Services and click 'Other applications'
  2. For the application type, select 'Rotterdam Convention - Annual Import authorisation' and fill in your business contact and application contact. Then click Save.
  3. In 'Upload application form', upload the form.
  4. Pay invoice and submit the application form.


Payments are non-refundable.

DescriptionFee (AUD)
Apply to import a Rotterdam Convention banned or severely restricted industrial chemicalGo to our fees page.
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