Last reviewed 20 April 2021

The 2021 edition of the Export Control Handbook for Chemicals by the EU’s Joint Research Centre may be a useful reference tool for UK chemicals exporters and importers.

The dataset contains a list of around 1800 chemicals subject to export controls (restrictions, or prohibitions under sanctions) as a result of their inclusion in various EU regulations.

Several EU instruments regulate the export of chemicals. These include the EU Dual-Use Regulation, the Common Military List of the European Union and the Regulation on the marketing and use of explosives precursors.

Under these legislative instruments, many chemicals used daily in industrial processes or by persons are subject to export controls, because they can also be used to create explosives, nuclear weapons or other weapons of mass destruction, and thus present a potential threat to global security.

The handbook enables exporters and customs officers to verify which chemicals require an export authorisation and to check exported products’ compliance with the EU export control legislation.

Each chemical is correlated with other data of interest: CAS number, reference codes, EU legislation of reference and 8 digits code (CN code) used for customs declaration purposes.