How to Complete a U.S. TSCA Form*

What is It?

The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) 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. The TSCA form is a declaration that the substances being shipped either comply with the TSCA or are not subject to the TSCA.

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.

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. Example of goods that require the TSCA 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 TSCA, visit the EPA website.

Where Can I Find It?

How to Complete It Effectively

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 below 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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