EPA to create new PGA message set for imports of hydrofluorocarbons

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced their plan to create a new Partnering Government Agency (PGA) message set specific to the import of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs).

EPA is tasked with overseeing the production and consumption of highly potent greenhouse gases, known as HFCs. Importers who wish to import any HFC, must be been granted an allocation allowance by EPA and adhere to certain regulatory requirements that will be captured in the new HFC specific PGA Message set.

The Customs entry and the EPA HFC PGA message set must be filed 10 days prior to import if arriving by marine vessel, or 5 days prior to import for non-marine vessel (such as air, rail, or truck).

The following information will be required to be reported in the new message set

  • Chemical Abstract Service (CAS) number of each HFC
  • Name and percentage of the chemical components when part of a mixture
  • American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditional Engineers (ASHRAE) number, when a refrigerant or refrigerant blend
  • Name of individual contact at U.S. Consignee
  • Net weight of product in kilograms

As well, a certificate of analysis must accompany each shipment.  This information supplements the current Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Section 13 import certification requirements, in accordance with 19 CFR 12.118-12.127 and 19 CFR 127.28(i).

Questions regarding the importation of hydrofluorocarbons may be directed to your Livingston account representative.