The European Commission has authorised Austria, Finland and Sweden to maintain their existing bans on the importation of fertilisers with a high cadmium content until 31 December 2005. The exemption concerns European Union legislation which guarantees the free circulation of fertilisers in the Internal Market. The bans concern phosphate fertilisers with a cadmium content above 75 mg/kg phosphate (P2O5) for Austria, above 50 mg/kg of phosphorous for Finland and above 100 mg/kg of phosphorous for Sweden.