EPA Posts New TSCA Import-Export Web Site

EPA launched a new Web site at www.epa.gov/oppt/import-export/ that provides general information on requirements under the Toxic Substances Control Act for those who import and/or export chemical substances into and out of the United States. Various legal requirements under TSCA and associated implementing regulations can apply to a wide range of chemical substances and can impact importers and exporters.

The site offers basic information for learning about TSCA legal requirements that may apply to importers and exporters of chemical substances and specifically addresses:

  • TSCA Section 13 import certification requirements, with a link to the TSCA Section 13 import brochure and checklist.
  • TSCA Section 12(b) export notice requirements, with a link to the list of chemicals subject to Section 12b and to Section 4 testing requirements sunset dates and status.
  • TSCA Section 5, covering related import and export requirements and how they apply to new chemicals and new uses under TSCA Section 5.
  • TSCA Section 4 testing and Section 8 information reporting, including recordkeeping requirements that may apply to importers of certain chemicals.
  • PCBs, asbestos, lead, and other chemicals and the import and export requirements that affect them.

EPA notes that the information on the Web site is not intended to provide importers and exporters with complete details of specific obligations under TSCA. In addition to reviewing the information posted on the site, importers and exporters should refer to the TSCA statute, regulations, and interpretive guidance, the agency says. Additional information may be obtained from EPA, or, where appropriate for import issues, the U.S. Bureau of Customs and Border Protection.

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