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Import responses

Introduction
            In this section you will find the decisions of Parties on future import of the chemicals listed in Annex III, how to submit such an import response to the Secretariat as well as the relevant forms and instructions developed to facilitate this process. You will also be able to access a database of all import responses submitted by Parties and published in the PIC Circular. 
Import responses for chemicals listed in Annex III 
            Article 10 of the Convention sets out the obligations of Parties with respect to the future import of chemicals listed in Annex III of the Convention and subject to the PIC procedure. Parties have an ongoing obligation to submit to the Secretariat, as soon as possible and in any event no later than nine months after the date of dispatch of a decision guidance document their import decision (whether a final or interim response) concerning the future import of the chemical. Where a Party changes an import decision submitted previously to the Secretariat the DNA should submit a revised import response as soon as possible. All import responses submitted by Parties are published each June and December in the PIC Circular. 
            You can find up-to-date information on the individual import responses submitted by Parties for the chemicals listed in Annex III by accessing the Rotterdam Convention database. This information may be sorted either by chemical name or by country. 
            As of 24 February 2006 import responses from non-Parties have not been compiled by the Secretariat (Decision RC-1/13 A and B of the first meeting of the Conference of the Parties). For import responses from non-Parties received up to  24 February 2006 click here. 
            To facilitate the implementation of Article 10 of the Convention, the Secretariat has developed an “import response form” and instructions to facilitate the submission of import responses by Parties.  The form and instructions is available in a simple word format and in two types of electronic formats.

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