Your package is awaiting clearance related to the Toxic Substance Control Act

  • Posted on: 22 April 2016
  • By: bayfan

If your delivery address is in USA, when you tracking your package, you might get" Your package is awaiting clearance related to the Toxic Substance Control Act" on tracking page of UPS/Fedex. If this happens, you need to contact the express company to submit a TOXIC SUBSTANCE CONTROL ACT (TSCA) CERTIFICATION form. You can request the form from express company which will be similar like pdf here

If the packet are ballpoint pens including scroll pens/flag pens/banner pens, they shall be POSITIVE CERTIFICATION. (Just a sign declaration)

As you can find on UPS website:

The Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA) regulates the manufacturing, processing, distribution in commerce, use, or disposal of any chemical substance or mixture that may present an unreasonable risk of injury to health and the environment as required by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Importation of chemical substance in bulk or as part of a mixture or article containing a chemical substance or mixture will not be released by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) unless proper certification of compliance or exemption form requirements is present.

A TSCA Declaration is required at the time of entry on all articles in Chapter 28 and 29 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS). Some examples include:

  • chemical elements such as fluorine, chlorine, iodine, sulfur
  • inorganic acids,
  • halogen and sulfur compounds of nonmetals
  • hydrocarbons
  • ethers

    Also included under TSCA regulations are ammonia, ball point pens, cartridges, and zinc.

    Types of Declarations

    • Negative Declaration - certification that the shipment is not subject or is exempt from TSCA regulations
    • Positive Declaration - certification that the shipment complies with TSCA regulations.

    A signed declaration must be received from the importer prior to releasing the shipment. Importers with questions should contact that TSCA Hotline at 1-202-554-1404.

For your reference our HSBANNER-9 scroll pens are made of:

Plastic part: AS, ABS, rubber

Metal part:  steel, aluminum

Oil based ballpoint pen refill ink: 

Ballpoint pen ink is about 50 percent dye. Black ink gets its color from carbon black, a fine powder made from soot. Red ink is made from eosin. Several dyes are used to make blue ink, but the more common ones include substituted triphenylmethane dyes, copper phthalocyanine blue and crystal violet. Black and blue inks often contain iron sulfate, and gallic and tannic acids. These additives have been used since the Middle Ages to make ink more permanent.
The dyes and additives are dissolved in a solvent, often ethylene glycol or propylene glycol. Then synthetic polymers, often nitrocellulose-based, are added to help disperse the dye through the ink and adjust the viscosity and surface tension.
Finally, such additives as resins, preservatives and wetting agents can be added to adjust the final properties of the ink.