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Export notifications for forbidden or severely restricted chemicals

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When a company intends to export a chemical that is banned or severely restricted in the EU to a non-EU country, it must submit an export notification no later than 35 days before the first export of the calendar year. The requirement also applies to products containing such chemicals. The chemicals are listed in Annex I to the EU PIC Regulation.

In some cases, it is necessary to obtain the consent of the importing country through the authorities before export can take place.

The export notification is submitted to the Finnish Environment Institute in the ePIC information system maintained by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA). The Finnish Environment Institute confirms the notification and submits it to the European Chemicals Agency, which sends the notification to the designated national authority of the importing country outside of the EU.

The Finnish Environment Institute provides up-to-date information on the export notification procedure (PIC) for banned or severely restricted chemicals on its website.

The Finnish Environment Institute SYKE processes the export notification in accordance with the EU PIC Regulation (649/2012), which defines the handling process and processing times of export notifications.

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Export notifications must be made at least 35 days before the first intended export in each calendar year. Export notifications are made in the ePIC information system maintained by ECHA.

To whom and on what terms

A fee is charged for the service.

The notification process and application for the consent of the importing country are subject to a fee.


The export notification must be made no later than 35 days before the first export of the year. One export notification concerns one chemical or product and one importing country.

Processing time

The export can take place when the export notification’s reference identification number is active in the ePIC system. The reference identification number is activated on the first notified export date of the year, unless there are barriers to export (e.g. import ban declared by the importing country or import consent not yet obtained).

Period of validity

As a rule, the export notification is valid until the end of the calendar year. The export notification may expire sooner if the consent of the importing country expires in the middle of the year.

Background information

Regulation (EU) No 649/2012 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 4 July 2012 concerning the export and import of hazardous chemicals

Basic information

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Updated: 14/2/2022