Basic InformationVarious legal requirements under TSCA and its regulations apply to a wide range of chemical substances and can impact importers and exporters.
For example, no chemical substance, mixture or article containing a chemical substance or mixture may be imported into the customs territory of the United States if it fails to comply with any TSCA rule or otherwise violates TSCA, a requirement under Section 13 of TSCA and 19 CFR 12.118 through 12.127.
With respect to exports, if a person intends to export a chemical that is subject to certain requirements under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), the person must notify EPA. The Agency is responsible for notifying the importing country's government of the chemical and of EPA's regulatory action. These export notification requirements can be found in Section 12(b) of TSCA and 40 CFR 707 Subpart D. Under specific and limited circumstances, TSCA Section 12(a) exempts from certain TSCA requirements chemical substances, mixtures, and articles being manufactured, processed, or distributed in commerce solely for export from the United States.
This Web site also provides information on:
- The interface between these various import and export rules and new chemicals and new uses under Section 5.
- Testing requirements under Section 4 and recordkeeping and reporting requirements under Section 8 that may apply to importers.
- Import and export requirements for certain specific chemicals such as PCBs, mercury, asbestos and lead.
Read information on import and export requirements under EPA programs other than TSCA.