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Apply for annual export authorisation - Rotterdam Convention

Australia is committed to controlling the trade of certain industrial chemicals that are toxic to human health and the environment. If you wish to export certain chemicals covered under the Rotterdam Convention, you must apply and pay a fee.

Who must apply

Anyone seeking to annually export certain Annex III-listed chemicals subject to the Prior Informed Consent (PIC) procedure of the Rotterdam Convention must apply and receive authorisation.

There are 2 scenarios:

  • The export destination country is a party to the Rotterdam Convention and has provided an import response that gives consent for the importation of a chemical; or gives consent for the import to occur subject to specified conditions that can be met


  • The export destination country is not a party to the Rotterdam Convention and has not provided an import response to the subject chemical

Note that exporters are responsible for staying informed about the status of Annex III-listed chemicals and any related import decisions. These are published in the PIC Circular

It is unlawful to introduce or export certain chemicals listed under an international agreement without our written approval, and harsh penalties apply.

Information you must provide

You’ll need the following information:

  • Exporter’s and importer’s contact details, including an ABN (if applicable)
  • AICIS registration number (if applicable)
  • 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 percentage (%) of PIC chemical in the mixture
  • Safety data sheet and label

List of chemicals subject to export conditions

Section 73 of the Industrial Chemicals (General) Rules prohibits the export of certain industrial chemicals subject to the Rotterdam Convention. This means that it is unlawful to export some Annex III-listed industrial chemicals without our written approval.

Chemical name CAS 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,


(i) potassium perfluorooctane sulfonate; and

(ii) lithium perfluorooctane sulfonate; and

(iii) ammonium perfluorooctane sulfonate;


(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
Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) 1336-36-3
Polychlorinated Terphenyls (PCTs) 61788-33-8
Short chain chlorinated paraffins (SCCP) 85535-84-8
Tetraethyl lead 78-00-2
Tetramethyl lead 75-74-1
Tributyl tin compounds

1461-22-9, 1983-10-4, 2155-70-6, 24124-25-2,

4342-36-3, 56-35-9, 85409-17-2

Tris (2,3-dibromopropyl) phosphate 126-72-7

Introductions of tetraethyl lead for aviation gasoline (avgas)

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 or export tetraethyl lead, please contact us. 

How to apply

If you want to export any chemical listed in the table above, please contact us.


Payments are non-refundable.

Description Fee (AUD) from 1 July 2020 (GST does not apply)

Apply to export a Rotterdam Convention Annex III-listed industrial chemical - Category A country (export destination is a Party to the Rotterdam Convention and has given consent in the import response or the export destination country is not a Party to the Rotterdam Convention)

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