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Inspection of companies importing chemical products

24 January 2011

During the autumn of 2010, the Swedish Chemicals Agency (KemI) launched a project with assistance from the Swedish Customs.

The Swedish Customs listed companies that between 2007 and 2009 had imported chemical products requiring the companies to report the activity to KemI´s products register. This list was compared with a list of reporting companies kept by the products register during the same period of time.

The comparison resulted in KemI contacting companies that had not submitted a report on their activity to make it possible for them to comment on their neglect.

In cases where companies should have reported their activity to the products register, they were required to submit the information. They had also to pay the fees applicable to manufacture or import of chemical products to Sweden.

Breaching the regulations on reporting products to the products register could be considered as obstruction of environmental enforcement and may lead to a fine or imprisonment for a maximum of two years.

During 2011, the aim is to expand the project to approach several other companies not having reported their activity.