The ban on exports of mercury from the European Union (EU) shall contribute to reducing the global mercury supply, and, indirectly, to limiting the emissions of this heavy metal, which is extremely toxic to the environment.
This Regulation bans the exports of metallic mercury and certain mercury compounds and mixtures originating from the EU. The ban is to apply from 15 March 2011 to exports of:
- metallic mercury (Hg);
- cinnabar ore;
- mercury chloride (Hg2Cl2);
- mercury oxide (HgO);
- mixtures of metallic mercury with other substances with a mercury concentration of at least 95 % weight.