Answer – Atrazine exports to third countries – E-004368/2017

The placing on the market and use of atrazine is regulated in the European Union by Regulation (EC) No 1107/2009(1). Pursuant to that regulation, atrazine is not approved for use in plant protection products and consequently, plant protection products containing atrazine are not allowed to be placed on the market or used in the Union. It should be noted that regulation (EC) No 1107/2009 does not regulate the production or export of atrazine.

The export of atrazine is regulated by Regulation (EU) No 649/2012(2). Pursuant to that regulation, exporters are requested to notify the export of atrazine to third countries and are only allowed to export if an explicit consent to import has been received from the importing country. Derogations to the explicit consent requirement are possible provided that strict conditions specified in the regulation are met.

Atrazine has been exported from the Union to third countries in recent years and 11 notifications of exports to 7 countries have been submitted by exporters for 2017. In 2015, a total of 2.484,00 tonnes were exported to Azerbaijan, Pakistan, United States, Ukraine, Sudan, Brazil and South Africa.

Regulation (EU) No 649/2012 implements the Rotterdam Convention on the prior informed consent procedure for certain hazardous chemicals and pesticides in international trade. That Convention does not ban the export of certain chemicals, it ensures the exchange of information on those exports and the chemicals involved and provides for a mechanism allowing parties to inform exporting parties whether they agree to imports. This mechanism gives each party the sovereign right to decide on the import.

(1) OJ L 309, 24.11.2009, p. 1‐50.
(2) OJ L 201, 27.7.2012, p. 60‐106.