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New rules for mercury imports and exports from 7 March 2022

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From 7 March 2022, if you wish to import or export elemental mercury (Hg(0), CAS No 7439-97-6) and mixtures of mercury (including alloys of mercury) with a mercury concentration of at least 95% by weight for industrial use you need to submit an application to us and receive our approval. 

Learn more about the application process if you wish to import or export mercury for industrial use

These new regulations were foreshadowed in our article dated 27 August 2021 and implement Australia's international obligations under the Minamata Convention on Mercury, a global treaty that aims to protect human health and the environment from the adverse effects of mercury use. 

For non-industrial uses of mercury, please refer to the Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment (DAWE).


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