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05/22/2018

Update: EPA Requirements for Formaldehyde Emission Labels

If your imports contain the following materials: hardwood plywood, medium density fiberboard or particleboard, whether finished or unfinished, this EPA action may require you to provide additional documentation to US Customs.   Dear Valued Customer,    As per the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), select composite wood products will be subject to stricter guidelines effective June 1, 2018. The June first deadline is pursuant to the EPA's recent amendment to this action, which was previously effective this coming December. In an effort to limit emissions of formaldehyde, a probable carcinogen according to the EPA, importers, distributors and retailers will be responsible for recording and labeling affected composite wood products as they move through their supply chains.   As a result of this action, until March 22, 2019, products must be labeled as Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA) Title VI compliant or California Air Resource Board's Airborne Toxic Control Measure (CARB ATCM) compliant to meet this requirement. During this time period CARB ATCM certification will be accepted in place of TSCA certification if it is awarded by an EPA approved third party certifier. The three main types of composite wood products that will be subject to this new rule on June first are as follows: hardwood plywood, medium-density fiberboard (MDF), and particleboard. Though the following is not a complete or exhaustive list, affected products made from these woods include furniture, kitchen cabinets, flooring, paneling, picture frames, and children's toys.   Compliance with this proposed standard is expected to reduce exposure to formaldehyde and its associated health risks as the chemical is sometimes used to treat composite wood products. Formaldehyde is a known irritant and human carcinogen that can cause eye, nose, and throat irritation from airborne exposure. The recent change in federal formaldehyde emissions standard mirrors those currently in place in California under CARB ATCM.   In order to ensure adherence to the new standard, subject products must be tested and certified by an EPA-recognized third-party accreditation body.     Please follow the link to find an EPA Recognized Accreditation Bodyhttps://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2018-03/documents/epa-recognized_accreditation_bodies_under_the_formaldehyde_emission_standards_for_composite_wood_products_rule.pdf   Subject products must also be labeled as being CARB ATCM PHASE II or TSCA Title VI compliant; beginning March 22, 2019, the EPA will accept only the TSCA Title VI compliant label. California or other state requirements must also be met in addition to the new federal standard. Businesses will be responsible for making these labels traceable and available to potential customers.   Additionally, a TSCA statement will be required in order to process the US Customs entry. Your customs broker will notify Customs with either a positive or negative statement along with the contact information of the person who signed the TSCA statement. Please be advised that the EPA holds your business accountable for the products, both finished and unfinished, within its supply chain. With that in mind, you will also be responsible for maintaining written records from your suppliers certifying their product is TSCA Title VI compliant. Please speak with your customs broker to obtain the appropriate TSCA entry form and for advice as your supply chain adjusts to these new protocols.    In addition to confirming with your OEC Group customs broker, please use the below definitions as a reference to determine if this rule applies to your imports: Hardwood Plywood - a hardwood or decorative panel that is composed of an assembly of layers or plies of veneer, joined by adhesive with a lumber core (or any other special core or special back). Medium-Density Fiberboard (MDF) - a panel composed of cellulosic fibers made by dry forming and pressing a resonated fiber mat.Particleboard - a panel composed of cellulosic material in the form of discrete particles (as distinguished from fibers, flakes, or strands) that are pressed together with resin.For more information from the EPA on this topic, please follow the link to the related section on the EPA websitehttps://www.epa.gov/   OEC Group is closely monitoring the situation as it continues to develop.   Should you have any questions regarding this update, please contact your OEC Group customs broker.   Sincerely yours,    OEC Group    The information contained herein is provided as a public service with the understanding that OEC Group makes no warranties, either expressed or implied, concerning the accuracy, completeness, reliability, and suitability of the information. Nor does OEC Group warrant that the use of this information is free of any claims of copyright infringement. http://www.oecgroup.com 

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05/21/2018

Update: Shanghai Cooperation Organization to be held in Qindao next month

Dear Valued Customer, This June, Qindao will host the 18th summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO). Founded in 2001, the SCO meets annually to discuss standards for security, military, and economic cooperation. The Chinese government has yet to release an official notice regarding potential SCO impact on the Port of Qindao and shipments moving through the coastal city. Based on previous experience, OEC Group expects port congestion, trucking delays and additional regulation on shipments, especially those containing chemical or hazardous cargo. OEC Group is closely monitoring the situation as it develops. Should you have any questions regarding this update, please contact your customer service representative at OEC Group. Sincerely yours, OEC GroupThe information contained herein is provided as a public service with the understanding that OEC Group makes no warranties, either expressed or implied, concerning the accuracy, completeness, reliability, and suitability of the information. Nor does OEC Group warrant that the use of this information is free of any claims of copyright infringement.http://www.oecgroup.com

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