The Illegal Trade in Chemicals

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In 2015, the People’s Republic of China led the world in pesticide production and consumption at 3.75 million tonnes and 1.70 million tonnes, respectively (National Bureau of Statistics of China (N/A)). Although the Government is making serious efforts to close illicit pesticide production, China remains one of the key sources of illicit plant protection products in the global market. In October 2017 the Ministry

of Agriculture announced that it had established the Pesticide Management Office (People´s Republic of China, Ministry of Agriculture 2017) to regulate the production, sale and use of such chemicals. India is becoming another major source of illicit pesticides that are mainly sold on the domestic market but also in neighbouring countries, South-East Asia and East Africa.

The Illegal Trade in Chemicals


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