Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Form
What is it?
The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) form is administered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This document is required for most chemical goods, water samples and products that fall under the jurisdiction of the EPA and are being imported into the U.S.
Why is it needed?
The Toxic Substances Control Act is intended to ensure that the human health and environmental effects of chemical substances are identified and properly controlled prior to placing these materials into commerce. The TSCA form is a declaration that the substances being shipped either comply with the TSCA or are not subject to the TSCA.
When is it needed?
The exporter or importer is required to submit a completed certification with each import of a product that falls under the TSCA of the EPA. Examples of goods that require the form are: water (imported as samples for testing), oil (crude and processed), plastic in raw forms (beads), chemicals in powder or liquid form, soaps, detergents, waxes, earth (clay in various forms), and stone (raw states). Chemical substances/mixtures/products such as additives in food and drug products, regulated by other government agencies, may fall under negative certification. To determine whether or not goods are subject to the TSCA, visit the EPA website .
Where can I find it?
How do I complete it properly?
The purpose of the form is to provide a TSCA positive or negative declaration. In lieu of the form, a positive or negative declaration may be preprinted, typed, or stamped on a signed Commercial Invoice.
Please Note: The numbered items above represent areas of the form that shippers often have questions about or complete inaccurately or incorrectly. You must complete all required fields on your customs documents.
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