Although it may not always seem like it, the United States has quite a few regulations when it comes to products that can harm the environment. One such regulation is the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).
But what exactly is the TSCA form? Why do I need to fill one out, and how can I submit it? If you’d like to find out, continue reading to learn more!
What Is FedEx’s TSCA Form in 2022?
A Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) form is a self-declaration required for shipments entering or leaving the United States that contain certain chemicals. Importers completing it certify that the shipment either complies with the TSCA or are not subject to TSCA requirements in 2022. FedEx offers both a single-use and an annual form depending on the shipper’s needs.
This article has step-by-step instructions on how to complete the FedEx TSCA form, so be sure to keep reading if you need help!
What Is FedEx’s TSCA Form?
The TSCA form is a self-declaration required for shipments entering or leaving the United States containing certain chemicals.
Chemicals subject to TSCA regulation include PCBs, asbestos, lead, mercury, formaldehyde, and certain hexavalent chromium compounds.
When you complete this form, you certify that the chemical substances either comply with the Toxic Substance Control Act at the time of import, or aren’t subject to TSCA requirements.
What Is the Purpose of the FedEx TSCA Form?
In addition to knowing what a TSCA form is, it’s important to understand why it’s required.
This form was created in conjunction with the Toxic Substance Control Act, both of which are overseen by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Their job is to ensure that the human health and environmental effects of chemical substances are identified and properly controlled prior to placing them into commerce.
When shippers complete this form, they are helping the EPA fulfill its mandate.
How Do I Complete the FedEx TSCA Form?
FedEx has two versions of the TSCA Form. One is for single-shipment certifications and the other is an annual version.
Let’s take a look at how to complete each version of the form.
To complete the single-shipment form, enter the shipment international air waybill number (IAWB) at the top of the form.
Next, tick the box corresponding to the type of certification you’re submitting (positive or negative).
Provide information about the certifier, including their name, phone number, email address, and signature.
Note that completing the company name, address, and certifier fields is optional.
To complete the annual version of the form, enter the date at the top and select whether the TSCA articles have a positive or negative certification.
Next, write all possible TSCA-regulated items in the table provided. This includes all items that may be sent, not just the items for a particular shipment.
That said, all three columns don’t have to be completed. Only fill out the ones applicable to your specific TSCA articles(s).
Enter the certifier’s name, phone number, email address, and signature.
You can fill out the company name, address, and certifier title information blocks, though doing so is optional.
If you’re the certifier and are unsure if a chemical substance is subject to TSCA compliance, contact the Environmental Protection Agency’s TSCA Assistance Office at 1.202.554.1404.
How Do I Submit a TSCA Form to FedEx?
Single-shipment certifications should be included when a shipment is created.
Alternatively, single-shipment certifications can be sent directly to the trace agent at
However, make sure to include the shipment’s air waybill number in the subject line of the email.
After completing the annual version of the form, send it to email@example.com.
Who Should Complete the FedEx TSCA Form?
FedEx’s TSCA form should be completed by the person importing the product. That could be a company or it could be an individual who purchased a product off of the internet.
Alternatively, if you don’t know the chemical details of a product, you can ask the shipper to complete the form on your behalf.
If someone completes the form on your behalf, you must give a written statement to the FedEx trace agent you’re working with.
It should say something like the following:
“I, [importer name], authorize the shipper [their name] to provide the TSCA on my behalf.”
After the shipper provides the TSCA form and you have completed the statement, the shipment will be submitted to customs for approval.
Although completing the FedEx TSCA form might seem daunting at first, it’s my hope that this article has helped you better understand what the form is used for and why it’s important.
Moreover, you should feel confident completing either the single-use or the annual versions of the form, thanks to the instructions provided. However, if you still have questions, feel free to reach out to the EPA’s TSCA Assistance Office.