Pesticides and the Rotterdam Convention

FAO statistics monitors the trade in pesticides and industrial chemicals listed in the Rotterdam Convention. The Convention covers pesticides and industrial chemicals that have been banned or severely restricted for health or environmental reasons by Parties and which have been notified by Parties for inclusion in the Prior Informed Consent (PIC) procedure.

With trade data on Rotterdam Convention pesticides and industrial chemicals becoming available (from 2007), the FAO Statistics Division has commenced the collation of the trade data into the FAOSTAT database. The dataset is available by country on the import values and export values of the items in the Convention. The database covers two types of information: (a) Mixtures, Preparations containing Substance in value; (b) Pure Substance in quantity (Net Weight (kg)) and value (1000 USD).

The Rotterdam Convention was initiated by FAO and UNEP in 1989 and entered into force on 24 February 2004. The Convention establishes a legally binding obligation to enable countries to decide which potentially hazardous chemicals they want to import/export and to exclude those they cannot manage safely.