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New regulation will restrict exports of mercury

February 22, 2017

The Government of Canada published amendments to the Export of Substances on the Export Control List Regulations that will restrict the export of mixtures containing elemental mercury at a concentration of 95% or more by weight.

In line with the Minamata Convention, the following types of export will be exempt:

  • Mercury that is, or is contained in, a hazardous waste or hazardous recyclable material regulated by Canada's Export and Import of Hazardous Waste and Hazardous Recyclable Material Regulations;

  • Mercury-containing manufactured items; and

  • Mercury to be used for laboratory-scale research and analysis or as a reference standard.

A prior notification of export will be required for exporters of these substances for the exempted purposes as described above.

Because the substance listed in the Export Control List is limited to mixtures that contain elemental mercury at a concentration of 95% or more by weight, the Amendments will not apply to naturally occurring trace quantities of mercury present in non-mercury metals, ores or mineral products, nor will the controls apply to unintentional trace quantities of mercury in chemical products.

Link: Regulations Amending the Export of Substances on the Export Control List Regulations

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