Importers must provide documentation certifying compliance with the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) when importing composite wood products into the United States. Here’s what importers need to know about TSCA and imported wood products.
According to the EPA’s website, the Formaldehyde Standards for Composite Wood Products Act of 2010 established emission standards for formaldehyde from composite wood products and directed EPA to finalize a rule on implementing and enforcing a number of provisions covering composite wood products.
Previously, products had to be labeled as compliant with one of the following:
However, since March 22, 2019, products have been required to be labeled as TSCA Title VI compliant and an import certification is required.
According to the EPA:
The following products are required to be labeled as TSCA compliant:
Commonly, these products are included in furniture, cabinets, picture frames, toys and other goods that contain composite wood.
The following products are included in the TSCA exemption list:
*Please note: this list is a sampling and is not a complete list.
“I certify that all chemical substances in this shipment comply with all applicable rules or orders under TSCA and that I am not offering a chemical substance for entry in violation of TSCA or any applicable rule or order under TSCA.”
Importers should also be aware that even if their products’ Harmonized Tariff System (HTS) code does not require TSCA designation, all products that could be subject to the rule should have a TSCA Title VI certification.
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