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Singapore to Ban Methoxychlor, Dechlorane Plus and UV-328 by 2025

The manufacture, import and export of Dechlorane Plus, Methoxychlor and UV-328, as well as products containing these chemicals, will not be allowed in Singapore from 26 February 2025.

The National Environment Agency (NEA) of Singapore recently announced an important update regarding the country’s commitment to the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs). The effective date for the ban on Methoxychlor, Dechlorane Plus and UV-328 in Singapore, as well as products containing them, has been revised to February 26, 2025.

Singapore, as a party to the Stockholm Convention, has agreed to adopt three additional chemicals - Dechlorane Plus, Methoxychlor, and UV-328 - into Annex A of the convention for elimination. This decision was made at the 11th Conference of the Parties (COP) to the Stockholm Convention held in May 2023. In a circular published on 24 July 2023, NEA had previously informed local stakeholders that the manufacture, import, and export of these three chemicals and products containing them would be prohibited in Singapore effective 12 May 2024 (CL news). However, the NEA has now revised this timeline.

The listing of these POPs in Annex A (Elimination) of the Stockholm Convention was officially communicated via a Depositary Notification on 26 February 2024. In accordance with the convention text, such amendments enter into force for parties one year after the date of the Depositary Notification. Therefore, the effective date of the ban in Singapore has been revised from 12 May 2024 to 26 February 2025, aligning with the deadline stipulated by the Stockholm Convention. As for the specific exemptions related to these POPs, the NEA stated that more information will be communicated to stakeholders in due course.

The table below lists applicable HS Codes and Product Codes involving these three POPs.

Chemical

HS Code

HS Description

Product Code

Product Code Description

Dechlorane Plus

29038900

Other halogenated derivatives of cyclanic, cyclenic or cycloterpenic hydrocarbons (KGM)

PCDDEP111

Dechlorane Plus

Methoxychlor

38089130

Insecticides not specified in subheading note 1 or 2 of chap 38 in aerosol containers (KGM)

PCDMET116

Methoxychlor (insecticide) - in aerosol containers

38089191

Other insecticides having deodorising function not specified in subheading note 1 or 2 of chap 38 (KGM)

Methoxychlor (insecticide) - not in aerosol containers - having deodorising function

38089199

Other insecticides not having deodorising function not specified in subheading note 1 or 2 of chap 38 (KGM)

Methoxychlor (insecticide) - not in aerosol containers - not having deodorising function

38089990

Rodenticides & similar products not specified in subheading note 1 or 2 of chap 38 (KGM)

Methoxychlor (rodenticide & similar preparation)

UV-328

29339990

Other heterocyclic compounds with only nitrogen hetero atom(s) (KGM)

PCDUVA111

UV-328

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