U.S. EPA Requirements for Import of Composite Wood Products

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in its role as a Partner Government Agency (PGA) with U.S. Customs, recently shared additional information with regard to the import of composite wood products and corresponding formaldehyde emission standards. Composite wood products include hardwood plywood, medium–density fiberboard (MDF) and particleboard as well as finished goods made from these materials.

U.S. importers should note that as of June 1, 2018, all applicable composite wood products and components, whether imported or manufactured domestically, should be certified as compliant with Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Title VI or California Air Resources Board (CARB) phase II regulations. This includes applicable labeling and recordkeeping requirements.

By March 22, 2019, all applicable U.S. imports must be entered with a positive Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA) certification per TSCA Section 13 or an appropriate product disclaimer. This information will be provided to the EPA through U.S. Customs Automate Commercial Environment (ACE).

The U.S. EPA states it intends to identify approximately 600 Harmonized Tariff System (HTS) codes that will require this information for entry purposes – though these requirements will apply to any product containing composite wood products.

Please contact your local Delmar International representative or our North American Customs Advisory Services Group for additional information.

Additional References:

EPA Website – Formaldehyde Emission Standards for Composite Wood Products

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