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TSCA Import-Export Requirements

Basic Information on TSCA Import-Export Requirements

The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) places requirements on those importing chemicals into, or exporting chemicals out of, the customs territory of the United States.

TSCA Requirements for Imports

Under U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) regulations implementing TSCA section 13, importers are required to certify that imported chemicals either comply with TSCA (positive certification) or, if they are not clearly identified as excluded from TSCA,  are not subject to TSCA (negative certification). Certain chemicals require no certification.

TSCA Requirements for Exports

Under TSCA section 12(b), any person who exports or intends to export a chemical substance or mixture that is subject to certain TSCA regulations is required to notify the Agency. EPA, in turn, provides information about such exported chemical and EPA’s related regulatory actions, to the importing government.