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
 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:
  1. Thermometers
  2. 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
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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