International Chemical Trade Control
Information for Australian Importers and Exporters of Chemicals

Version 3.0
January 2008


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This publication is intended to provide general information only, and before entering into any particular transaction users should:

rely on their own enquiries, skill and care in using the information;
check with primary sources in respect of third party submissions; and
seek independent advice.

Import & Export Controls

Australia is a member of the Wassenaar Arrangement on Export Controls for Conventional Arms and
Dual-Use Goods and Technologies, the Australia Group on chemical and biological weapons materials, the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) and the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR). These multilateral regimes seek to control the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and the transfer of conventional military weapons and dual-use technologies with the potential to destabilise the global security environment. This is achieved through the implementation by member governments of export control lists developed by each of the regimes, and also import lists in the case of the CWC. Australia’s import and export controls are implemented through the Customs Act 1901, the Customs (Prohibited Imports) Regulations 1956, and the Customs (Prohibited Exports) Regulations 1958.

What this means for Importers and Exporters

To legally move certain chemicals across the Australian border, importers and exporters are required to apply for a permit from the Australian Safeguards and Non-Proliferation Office (ASNO) of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, or the Defence Export Control Office (DECO) of the Department of Defence, respectively.

This CD contains information that may assist importers and exporters to determine which of those chemicals require a permit to allow for their legal movement across the border.

Please note:            While all care has been taken to ensure the attached lists of chemicals are up-to-date and accurately reflect the control status for those chemicals, changes to the control lists do occur from time to time. If you are unsure of the control status of chemical being imported or exported, please do not hesitate to contact ASNO or DECO for advice.

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