Trade sanctions against Iran have now been lifted and companies are building new business relationships. TÜV SÜD is supporting Iranian chemical product manufacturers and German importers in implementing the European chemicals regulation, REACH.
Chemicals, petrochemicals and extractive metallurgy are major industrial sectors in Iran’s economy. Now that the trade embargo has been lifted, Iranian manufacturers can export their chemical products to the European Union. However, they must observe the provisions of the European chemicals regulation, REACH. “Under the terms of the regulation, importers must register any substances produced in volumes over the limit of 1 t/a per substance within specific deadlines”, explains Dr Dieter Reiml, REACH expert at TÜV SÜD Industrie Service GmbH. “Manufacturers can also commission an Only Representative outside the European Union to carry out registration on their behalf.” This option has advantages for the entire supply chain, advises Dr Reiml; for example, importers no longer need to register as downstream users.
Given that Iran’s industry has not been involved with EU laws governing chemicals in recent years, Dr Reiml believes companies will have a significant information backlog. “Advice from an experienced REACH consultant is vital if manufacturers and importers are to choose legally sound courses of action”, warns the TÜV SÜD expert. “Importing unregistered substances is, or will soon become, illegal.” Importers risk heavy fines or prison sentences of up to two years for placing substances on the market that have not been registered in time; manufacturers outside the European Union risk losing their business relationships.
TÜV SÜD has already successfully registered numerous substances on behalf of manufacturers and importers and in the capacity of Only Representative. For more information and contacts, visit www.tuv-sud.com/reach.
Press-contact: Dr Thomas Oberst