Importing and Exporting Chemical Substances
- Core TSCA
- Polychlorinated Biphenyls
- Lead Paint
- TSCA STAG Program
- Chemical Substances Import/Export Program
- Good Laboratory Practices
EPA regulates certain chemical substances and mixtures under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), including chemical import and export.
The United States Customs and Border Protection monitors chemical imports regulated under TSCA section 13. Custom and Border Protection rules (19 CFR 12.118 to 12.128 and 127.28. See also 40 CFR 707.20) require certification from the importer.
- positive certification - the shipment complies with TSCA and all applicable rules and orders
- negative certification - the shipment is not subject to TSCA.
TSCA section 13 certification applies to TSCA sections 5, 6, and 7. In addition, importers may have obligations under TSCA section 4 (testing) or 8 (reporting and recordkeeping) actions.
TSCA Section 12(b) and 40 CFR Part 707 requires EPA to notify importing countries of the export of chemicals or mixtures that are subject to certain rules and orders, as well as certain products containing PCBs or asbestos.
The Compliance Guide for the Chemical Import Requirements of the Toxic Substances Control Act (PDF) (18 pp, 438K, About PDF) provides information on:
- determining which chemicals or mixtures of chemicals are subject to TSCA
- how to comply with TSCA certification requirements
- EPA regional contacts and web resources (Appendix I)
- TSCA certification requirements using a step-by-step “checklist” (Appendix II)
For more information on importing and exporting chemicals under TSCA:
- Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Import-Export Web site
- TSCA Assistance Information Office
- email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- (202) 554-1404
- International Import/Exports