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International Shipping Support

Eurofins TestAmerica Offers International Shipping Support

Our laboratories have over 20 years of experience in shipping to and from clients outside the United States.  During that time, we have gained the knowledge which allows us to properly ship outgoing bottle kits and receive incoming critical environmental samples from the field intact, within temperature and on time.  Not to say issues or delays don’t happen, they do.  But, you can be assured that Eurofins TestAmerica has always worked quickly and diligently to resolve the infrequent logistical problem.

How Can Eurofins TestAmerica Help you?

 Our experts will provide the required shipping documents and notes on how to ship samples to the laboratory in compliance with your country’s, IATA and U.S. regulations.  We will assist you in filling out any forms you are inexperienced in completing.  We will track shipments to and from your location, as well as, notify the laboratory of incoming samples.  Eurofins TestAmerica will work with the commercial carriers to expedite delivery when delays occur.

 In these times when there is a risk of increased policy uncertainty and possible implementation of inward-looking trade policies, not just in the U.S., but worldwide, there can be new rules and regulations that affect how we ship.  This in turn may require additional paperwork or costs attributed to shipping or receiving.  Eurofins TestAmerica will stay on top of these changes so issues that arise will only happen once and not repeat. 

Mr. John Meade can be contacted either by e-mail at john.meade@testamericainc.com or by phone +011 +1 (850) 324 - 8251

In December 2018, John Meade hosted a webinar on 'How to Successfully Execute an International Sampling Program Air, Water and Soil Projects' .  To access this webinar, please email Patricia.McIsaac@testamericainc.com .

Canada

Eurofins TestAmerica Shipping Bottle Kits Clients for Projects to Canada

Eurofins TestAmerica is not registered in Canada as a Non-resident Importer (NRI).  Therefore, the importer or TestAmerica’s client (whether an individual or business entity) must have a Business Number (BN) issued by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) for an import/export account. 

When we ship bottle kits to Canada, the recipient serves as the Importer of Record (IOR.)  The incoterms on the airbill are classified as Delivery Duty Unpaid (DDU), which means the recipient pays all duties/taxes.  In addition, the airbill is marked as “Bill Recipient” for the cost of shipping.

Canada will allow pre-preserved bottles to be shipped into Canada as Limited Quantity Dangerous Goods.

Client Return Shipping Sample Kit to Eurofins TestAmerica United States location from Canada

There are no new CBP requirements for return shipping to a Eurofins TestAmerica laboratory.  Documentation should always include the Airbill, Commercial Invoice and TSCA statement.  Soil samples should also have the laboratory’s USDA Foreign Soil permit and tissue samples, our US Fish and Wildlife license. For more complete instructions on shipping please contact John Meade.

Mr. John Meade can be contacted either by e-mail at john.meade@testamericainc.com or by phone +011 +1 (850) 324 - 8251

 

Understanding USEPA Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA) and its implications for the Shipping of International Samples

What is the Toxic Substance Control Act?

“The United States Congress enacted the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA; the Act) in 1976, [Public Law 94-469, October 11, 1976]. Under TSCA, EPA is given broad authority to issue regulations designed to gather health/safety and exposure information on, require testing of, and control exposure to individual chemical substances, chemical mixtures, and articles. This guide is intended to assist the chemical importer of record (importer, including their agents) to better understand their responsibilities under TSCA by providing a basic overview of the Act and its requirements, in particular those that apply to chemical importation.” 1

As an Importer, does TSCA apply to Eurofins TestAmerica?

Yes.  “If you import chemical substances, mixtures or articles, you are subject to TSCA and generally must meet the same requirements under TSCA as a chemical manufacturer in the United States.” 1

What is a TSCA statement?

A TSCA statement or certificate is a self-declaration document to show the US Customs Border Patrol via the commercial carrier’s broker that all chemical substances either comply with the Toxic Substance Control Act (TCSA) at the time of import (positive certification) or are not subject to TSCA requirements (negative certification).  All environmental samples fall under the Negative certification.

What do I do with the TSCA statement?

A filled out certificate must accompany every international shipment of samples sent to Eurofins TestAmerica.  The form must be filled out by the receiving laboratory or we need to provide our client or the shipper a letter with permission to fill out the TSCA statement on our behalf.  As backup for FedEx shipments only, Eurofins TestAmerica has a blanket TSCA statement on file with their FTN.

Where do I find a copy of the TSCA statement?

A blank copy of the 2017 TSCA statement can be found if you click here.

If you would like to see an example of a completed  2017 TSCA statement, click here.

If the certifier is unsure if their chemical substance is subject to TSCA compliance, contact the Environmental Protection Agency, TSCA Assistance Office at 1.202.554.1404 between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.