Singapore’s National Environment Agency (NEA) has published new regulations on the use of mercury in batteries and button cells. Published on January 3, 2018, in circular NEA/HS/6.6, the new restrictions place several obligations on battery suppliers that will come into effect on March 31, 2018.
Issued under Part 1 of the Second Schedule to the Environmental Protection and Management Act (EPMA, Chapter 94A), the new rules require:
- Strengthening of restrictions on mercury in batteries and button cells – all batteries must contain less than or equal to 0.0005% mercury per cell
- Currently compliant mercury containing batteries, imported before March 31, 2018, to remain on sale until stocks are exhausted
- Importers/Traders of stand-alone batteries must submit a one-off Declaration of Compliance (DoC), with supporting documents, to demonstrate compliance with the new requirements
- Importers/Traders of batteries that are bundled with products must submit a DoC and supporting documents upon request by NEA
- Traders must declare the import and export TradeNet permit applications using appropriate Harmonized System (HS) and product codes
HS and product codes have also been expanded to include:
- Manganese dioxide batteries
- Silver oxide batteries
- Air zinc batteries
The new HS codes will also come into effect on March 31, 2018. A full list of HS and product codes can be found in NEA/HS/6.6.
Stakeholders are advised to now ensure their products are compliant with the latest battery requirements for Singapore.
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