Is there a complete list of what you need to do to export chemicals anywhere?


Including checking for license requirements; shipping rules etc


Hi Sandy,

Thank you for your question. We have a number of articles relevant to your query here on Open to Export, particularly the two below which contain links leading to information resources regarding exporting chemicals.

Additional use of the search function on Open to Export can help you drill down to further information on, for example, shipping rules for chemicals and other areas you might be interested in.

Please let me know if you require further assistance.



Have you looked at the information published in the International Trade theme on the Businesslink site – there is an overview guide about the chemicals sector –

You need to be aware of health & safety regulations, packaging regulations, transportation of dangerous goods etc. You might also need to be aware of individual countries’ import regulation requirements.

Also depending on which chemicals you are intending to export you might need to apply for an export licence issued by the Export Control Organisation part of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. As a first step you would need to check if your items are listed on the UK Strategic Export Control Lists. These lists are published on the Businesslink site at If the chemicals are not listed then you need to be aware of End-Use Controls.

If you do need to apply and are issued with a licence then you need to adher to all its terms and conditions, including keeping records and stating the name of the licence on all associated export paperwork and liaising closely with your freightforwarder.

Edwina Osborne, Information Manager, Export Control Organisation

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