U.S. EPA Requirements When Importing Composite Wood Products

Dear Valued Client,

Everyone who imports ‘composite wood products’ into the United States must comply with EPA’s formaldehyde emission standards, which prevent adverse health effects.

What Products are covered by this requirement?

  • Any composite wood products of hardwood plywood, medium-density fiberboard (MDF), or particleboard,
  • Component parts, or finished goods containing composite wood products, including furniture, flooring, cabinets, picture frames, and toys.


Beginning March 22, 2019, all imports of composite wood products, component parts, or finished goods will require a Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA) certification statement to appear on the entry documents or invoice, saying:

“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.”

Axxess International will transmit either an EPA TSCA message set, or a disclaim advising we will upload the certification to CBP’s Document Imaging System (DIS).

A complete list of affected tariffs may be found here. More information is available from EPA at  Formaldehyde Emission Standards for Composite Wood Products and Resources, Guidance Materials for the Formaldehyde Emission Standards for Composite Wood Products Rule, which includes FAQs and Factsheets.  EPA’s contact for this program is Todd Coleman at 202-564-1208, or email coleman.todd@epa.gov.

Axxess International is here to help, if you have a question, please do not hesitate to contact your Axxess International representative.

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