POPs customs control guidance

Guidance for the control of the import and export of POPs

Scope: In general, the Convention prohibits the production and use of POPs and bans their trade across international boundaries. However, the Convention contains exceptions to these rules for specific POPs when used in specific applications by Parties that have registered for such uses. The existence of these exceptions adds complexity to the task of understanding which POPs can be traded internationally. The objective of this guidance document is to facilitate the identification of POPs that can be traded across international boundaries. The document includes guidance on applying this information towards the implementation of measures to restrict the international trade of POPs, as required by the Convention.

Main target audience: Customs authorities to enforce regulations on the international trade of POPs, and national stakeholders, e.g., government authorities and industry, who need to understand which POPs can be traded internationally.