Trading in drug precursors from 1 January 2021

How trading in drug precursor chemicals will be affected from 2021.

The UK has left the EU

This page tells you what you'll need to do from 1 January 2021. It'll be updated if anything changes.

You can also read about the transition period.



You’ll need to apply for an import and/or export licence when trading with EU countries in certain categories of drug precursor chemicals from 1 January 2021.

Current rules for trading in these chemicals with countries outside the EU will apply to trade with the EU.

Published 13 September 2018
Last updated 30 October 2019 + show all updates
  1. Updated to remove Welsh translation

  2. Updated to add Welsh language translation

  3. Guidance updated.

  4. Updated to add Welsh translation

  5. Technical notice amended

  6. Welsh translation of document uploaded.

  7. First published.

Transition period

Find out what it means for you