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 TSCA section 13, importers are required to certify that they are either in compliance with TSCA regulations or not subject to TSCA before importing a chemical substance, mixture or article containing a chemical substance or mixture into the U.S.  Importers must certify that imported chemical substances either comply with TSCA (positive certification) or are not subject to TSCA (negative certification). Certain chemicals require no certification.

TSCA Requirements for Exports

Any person who exports or intends to export a chemical substance or mixture subject to certain TSCA regulations is required to notify EPA. Under TSCA section 12(b), exporters are required to notify EPA of their intention to export a chemical substance or mixture regulated under certain parts of the law. EPA, in turn, provides information about such exported chemical and EPA’s related regulatory actions, to the importing government.