Importing chemicals and the TSCA

In the United States, strict laws regulate import and export requirements of materials which may pose a risk to the environment and/or human health. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) works with individual states, other federal agencies, and foreign governments to ensure compliance with laws governing the import and export of many of these materials.

The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) of 1976 was enacted to provide information about all chemicals as well as to control the manufacture/importation of new chemicals that might present an unreasonable risk of injury to health or the environment. TSCA defines chemical production to include importation and transportation. Therefore, importers of chemical substances must meet all TSCA safety requirements that are relevant to manufacturers.

There are currently some 75,000 industrial chemicals produced or imported in the US.  Under TSCA, the EPA has the authority to track, screen, and test these chemicals.  Using these measures, the EPA can then control these chemicals as necessary to protect human health and the environment.  For full details on TSCA regulations, you can access the following information: Introduction to the Chemical Import Requirements of the Toxic Substances Control Act and Compliance Guide For the Chemical Import Requirements of the TSCA.

Importing chemicals of all types takes knowledge, planning, and experience.  Showa America has all of the credentials and infrastructure to assist a variety of businesses with their chemical needs.  If you have questions or would like an estimate, please contact us – we’d be happy to hear from you.