Exemptions under the Minamata Convention on Mercury

Exemptions from the phase-out dates listed in Part I of Annex A to the Minamata Convention on Mercury

Party Indicate the specific category/subcategory for which the exemption is registered and whether the exemption is for manufacture, import and/or export

Explanation for the exemption Expiry date for the exemptiona
Argentina

  The following non-electronic measuring devices except non-electronic measuring devices installed in large-scale equipment or those used for high precision measurement, where no suitable mercury-free alternative is available: (a)-(e).

Manufacture of: 
  • clinical thermometers
  •  
     2025
     Botswana  

    Import for all mercury-added products, as listed in Part I of Annex A of the Convention
     
     2025
    Canada



    Linear flourescent lamps (CFLs) for general lighting purposes: (a)-(b).



    Manufacture, import and export
    of:

    1. triband phosphor < 60 watts with a mercury content exeeding 5 mg per lamp
    Mercury in cold cathode fluorescent lamps and external electrode flourescent lamps (CCFL and EEFL) for electronic displays: (a)-(c).

    Manufacture, import and export of CCFLs and EEFLs:
    1. short length (≤ 500 mm) with mercury content exceeding 3.5 mg per lamp
    2. medium lenth (> 500 mm and ≤ 1 500 mm) with mercury content exceeding 5 mg per lamp


      2025



    China (Province Macao S.A.R.)



     : Import and export for all mercury-added products, as listed in Part I of Annex A of the Convention.
     
     2025
     China  
    The following non-electronic measuring devices except non-electronic measuring devices installed in large-scale equipment or those used for high precision measurement, where no suitable mercury-free alternative is available: (a)-(e).
    Manufacture of:
    1. clinical thermometers
    2. sphygmomanometers

     
     2025
     Ghana  
    Manufacture, import and export
    for all mercury-added products, as listed in Part I of Annex A of the Convention.



     2025
     Iran (Islamic Republic of)




    Import
    for the following mercury-added products:

    1. Batteries, except for button zink silver oxide batteries with a mercury content < 2 % and button zink air batteries with a mercury content < 2 %.
    Manufacture, import and export for the following mercury-added products:

    1. Switches and relays, except very high accuracy capacitance and loss measurement bridges and high frequency radio frequency switches and relays in monitoring and control instruments with a maximum mercury content of 20 mg per bridge, switch or relay.
    2. Compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) for general lighting purposes that are ≤ 30 watts with a mercury content exceeding 5 mg per lamp burner.
    3. Linear flourescent lamps (CFLs) for general lighting purposes: (a)-(b).
    4. High pressure mercury vapour lamps (HPMV) for general lighting purposes.
    5. Mercury in cold cathode fluorescent lamps and external electrode flourescent lamps (CCFL and EEFL) for electronic displays: (a)-(c).
    Manufacture and export for the following mercury-added products:

    1. The following non-electronic measuring devices except non-electronic measuring devices installed in large-scale equipment or those used for high precision measurement, where no suitable mercury-free alternative is available: (a)-(e).




     2025
    Lesotho  

    Import for the following mercury-added products:

    1. Batteries, except for button zink silver oxide batteries with a mercury content < 2 % and button zink air batteries with a mercury content < 2 %.
    2. Switches and relays, except very high accuracy capacitance and loss measurement bridges and high frequency radio frequency switches and relays in monitoring and control instruments with a maximum mercury content of 20 mg per bridge, switch or relay.
    3. Compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) for general lighting purposes that are ≤ 30 watts with a mercury content exceeding 5 mg per lamp burner.
    4. Linear flourescent lamps (CFLs) for general lighting purposes: (a)-(b).
    5. High pressure mercury vapour lamps (HPMV) for general lighting purposes.
    6. Mercury in cold cathode fluorescent lamps and external electrode flourescent lamps (CCFL and EEFL) for electronic displays: (a)-(c).
    7. The following non-electronic measuring devices except non-electronic measuring devices installed in large-scale equipment or those used for high precision measurement, where no suitable mercury-free alternative is available: (a)-(e).

     
     2025
     Madagascar  
    Import for all mercury-added products, as listed in Part I of Annex A of the Convention.
     
     2025
    Peru  
    The following non-electronic measuring devices except non-electronic measuring devices installed in large-scale equipment or those used for high precision measurement, where no suitable mercury-free alternative is available: (a)-(e).
    Manufacture, import and export of:
  • Thermometers
  • Sphygmomanometers
  •  
     2025
     Swaziland  
    Import for the following mercury-added products:
    1. Batteries, except for button zink silver oxide batteries with a mercury content < 2 % and button zink air batteries with a mercury content < 2 %.
    2. Switches and relays, except very high accuracy capacitance and loss measurement bridges and high frequency radio frequency switches and relays in monitoring and control instruments with a maximum mercury content of 20 mg per bridge, switch or relay.
    3. Compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) for general lighting purposes that are ≤ 30 watts with a mercury content exceeding 5 mg per lamp burner.
    4. Linear flourescent lamps (CFLs) for general lighting purposes: (a)-(b).
    5. High pressure mercury vapour lamps (HPMV) for general lighting purposes.
    6. Mercury in cold cathode fluorescent lamps and external electrode flourescent lamps (CCFL and EEFL) for electronic displays: (a)-(c).
    7. The following non-electronic measuring devices except non-electronic measuring devices installed in large-scale equipment or those used for high precision measurement, where no suitable mercury-free alternative is available: (a)-(e).
     
     2025
           
           

     

    a Unless otherwise indicated by the Party, all exemptions expire five years after the relevant phase-out date listed in Part I of Annex A.

    1/The intention is not to cover cosmetics, soaps or creams with trace contaminants of mercury.

     

     

    Exemptions from the phase-out dates listed in Part I of Annex B to the Minamata Convention on Mercury

     

    Party Specific category/subcategory for which an exemption is registered Explanation for the exemption Expiry date for the exemptiona
    Argentina

    Chlor-alkali production

                           

               

     
     2030
    Ghana             Chlor-alkali production           



    Acetaldehyde production in which mercury or mercury compounds are used as a catalyst



     
     2030



     2023
    Iran Chlor-alkali production



     
     2030
    Peru                        



    Chlor-alkali production

    Acetaldehyde production in which mercury or mercury compounds are used as a catalyst

               

     
     2030







     2023
    United States of America



               

    Chlor-alkali production



     
     2030

     

    a Unless otherwise indicated by the Party, all exemptions expire five years after the relevant phase-out date listed in Part I of Annex B.

     

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