Composite Woods Product Imports Face Deadline for U.S. TSCA Certification

Further to previous communication, effective March 22, 2019, U.S. importers of certain types of composite wood products will need to certify that their imported products comply with the formaldehyde emissions standards under the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), Title VI. The TSCA Title VI.

Certification requirements will affect three types of wood composite products:

  • Hardwood plywood
  • Medium-density fiberboard (MDF)
  • Particleboard (including unfinished, component parts or finished goods)

To comply with these new regulations, the U.S. importer’s responsibilities include:

  • Certifying at entry (release) that the wood product is compliant with TSCA (or certifying that the product is not subject to TSCA)
  • Record keeping: For 3 years, the importer must keep an invoice, bill of lading or comparable document that states the product is compliant with TSCA Title VI
  • Upon the request of EPA, the importer must be able to make records available to the EPA (within 30 days) identifying the panel producer, the date produced, the supplier and the date the products were purchased (Note: The importer is not required to maintain this information, but will be required to have the supplier or producer provide the information when requested to do so.)

The EPA is scheduled to co-host two upcoming webinars that will cover importer responsibilities under these regulations in conjunction with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP):

To register for the February 26, 2019, 2:00 – 3:00 PM EST webinar, please click here.

To register for the March 6, 2019, 2:00 – 3:00 PM EST webinar, please see click here

Please contact your local Delmar representative or email our U.S. Customs Advisory Services Group for additional information and assistance.

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