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Introduction of a fee structure for businesses seeking approval to import and export industrial chemicals under the Prior Informed Consent (PIC) procedure of the Rotterdam Convention

To–date, businesses seeking approval from NICNAS to import or export certain industrial chemicals under the Prior Informed Consent (PIC) procedure of the Rotterdam Convention have incurred no cost. However, from July 1, 2013, the cost of administration to provide authorisation and export notification processing, will be borne by the clients who use these services.


A fee structure to meet this requirement was developed as part of the NICNAS Cost Recovery Impact Statement (CRIS), with extensive stakeholder consultation, including written submissions and two rounds of public consultation.  NICNAS also consulted industry stakeholders through its established consultative mechanisms. The CRIS provides that the full cost of NICNAS activities are appropriately recovered from industry in accordance with the Government’s Cost Recovery Guidelines.


Export – annual authorisation

The following two scenarios will incur a fee of $750 for the processing of an annual authorisation for the export of certain industrial chemicals under the PIC procedure of the Rotterdam Convention:

  • (1) NICNAS clients seeking an annual authorisation to export Annex III listed industrial chemicals to a country that is a Party to the Convention and have provided an import response that gives consent for the import to occur, or gives consent for the import to occur subject to specified conditions; or
  • (2) A NICNAS client that seeks an annual authorisation to export an Annex III listed industrial chemical to a country that is not a Party to the Convention.

Export – export notification

The processing of export notifications for the export of certain industrial chemicals under the PIC
procedure of the Rotterdam Convention will incur a fee of $1700 which will apply to the following two scenarios:

  • (1) A NICNAS client that seeks an export notification to be processed by NICNAS to export an Annex III listed industrial chemical to a country that is a Party to the Convention but have not provided an import response to the Rotterdam Convention Secretariat for subject chemical; or
  • (2) A NICNAS client that seeks an export notification to be processed by NICNAS to export an Annex III listed industrial chemical to a country that is a Party to the Convention but have provided an import response to the Rotterdam Convention Secretariat for subject chemical of ‘no consent’.

The industrial chemicals pertinent to the aforementioned export scenarios are:

(a)    polybrominated biphenyls: (hexa; octa; and deca);
(b)    tris (2,3‑dibromopropyl) phosphate;
(c)    polychlorinated biphenyls;
(d)    polychlorinated terphenyls;
(e)    tetraethyl lead; and
(f)     tetramethyl lead.

Import – annual authorisation

The processing of an annual authorisation for the introduction of certain industrial chemicals under the PIC procedure of the Rotterdam Convention will incur a fee of $1700 – currently this applies to the import or manufacture of:

(a)    polybrominated biphenyls: (hexa; octa; and deca); and
(b)    tetramethyl lead;

NB: Legislation is being finalised regarding a fee for the processing of an annual authorisation for the introduction of tetraethyl lead; however an annual authorisation and fee are not applicable for the introduction
of (b) tetraethyl lead if:

  • (1) The tetraethyl lead is introduced in aviation gasoline (avgas), or for use in the production of avgas; or
  • (2) The tetraethyl lead is introduced:
  1. in a leaded fuel or fuel additive; and
  2. by a person in respect of whom an approval granted under subsection 13 (1) of the Fuel Quality Standards Act 2000  is in force at the time of introduction; and
  3. for the purpose of a supply that is specified in the approval.

If you intend to import tetraethyl lead in circumstances other than the above-mnetioned scenario please contact NICNAS.


Payment instructions

Submission of either an annual authorisation or export notification application will not be processed by NICNAS until accompanied by both the appropriate payment and Payment Options Form’see the NICNAS website  Once an application has been submitted to NICNAS and has been determined to meet the appropriate criteria for vetting, your payment will be processed and will be non-refundable.


Information about these changes can be found in both the CRIS and Treaties section of the NICNAS website; additionally, legislation – The Industrial Chemicals (Notification and Assessment) Amendment Bill 2012 (the Bill) passed by Parliament unamended and assented on 6 November 2012. This can be sourced at http://www.comlaw.gov.au


If you have any enquiries regarding Australia’s industrial chemical obligations under the Rotterdam Convention, please contact the NICNAS Compliance Team on (02) 8577 8800 or 1800 638 528; via email – info@nicnas.gov.au or fax: (02) 8577 8888.

 



 

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