Updating the EU’s rules on exports of non-hazardous waste

The European Union (EU) is the world’s largest exporter of non-hazardous waste destined for recovery. According to the latest data available, EU exports of such waste to countries not members of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is worth €8.1 billion.

Customs authorities in the EU are required to check exports of non-hazardous waste prior to their shipment for recovery in countries and territories outside the EU and the OECD.

These checks are made against the provisions contained in the Annex to European Commission Regulation (EC) No. 1418/2007.

This Annex lists the conditions applicable in certain countries, namely the prohibition, prior written notification and consent or other control procedures for specific waste streams. Should there be no control of such waste, this is also indicated.

Objectives of the project

The Directorate General for Trade (DG TRADE) of the European Commission is in the process of updating the Annex to European Commission Regulation (EC) NO. 1418/2007 in order to ensure that it is in line with the latest legal developments in non-EU and non-OECD countries.

Two consultancies, Milieu Consulting SPRL and Ramboll GmbH will collect information to support the European Commission in this important update process.

Main steps of the project

  1. Collection of information on rules applicable to the imports of non-hazardous waste for recovery in non-EU non-OECD countries
  2. Gathering views from stakeholders on the regulation of non-hazardous waste shipments for recovery in countries outside the EU and the OECD.


This project started in January 2019 and was completed in December 2019.