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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 certain Annex III-listed chemicals subject to the PIC procedure must apply and receive authorisation.

Note that importers are responsible for staying informed about the status of Annex III-listed chemicals and any related import decisions. This information is published in the PIC Circular on the Rotterdam Convention website.

It is unlawful to import 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:

  • 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

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. This means that it is unlawful to introduce some Annex-III listed industrial chemicals without our written approval.

Chemical name CAS Number

Commercial octabromodiphenyl ether (including

hexabromodiphenyl ether and heptabromodiphenyl


36483-60-0, 68928-80-3

Commercial pentabromodiphenyl ether (including

tetrabromodiphenyl ether and pentabromodiphenyl


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;


(v) tetraethylammonium perfluorooctane sulfonate;


(vi) didecyldimethylammonium perfluorooctane

sulfonate; and

(vii) N‑ethylperfluorooctane sulfonamide; and

(viii) N‑methylperfluorooctane sulfonamide; and

(ix) N‑ethyl‑N‑(2‑hydroxyethyl) perfluorooctane

sulfonamide; and 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

(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 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

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 import any chemical listed in the table above, please contact us.


Payments are non-refundable.


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

Rotterdam Convention - Apply to import a Rotterdam Convention Annex III-listed industrial chemical

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