This web site helps support the objectives outlined in the memorandum of understanding (MOU) signed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and The General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine of the People's Republic of China (*AQSIQ*) China. The participants under this MOU are cooperating on specific issues regarding the protection of the health and safety of consumers through observance of applicable laws and regulations of each participant's country.
This web site is intended to help explain the legal requirements associated with importing or exporting materials and items across United States borders. These requirements apply to all countries and are not restricted to China. Please note that there may be legal obligations that are not covered here. It is the rules themselves that have legal force, not the explanations provided here, and any rules or orders issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency or U.S. Customs Service take precedence over any of the content on this site. These requirements apply to all countries and are not restricted to China.
This web site is one of several Border Centers maintained by the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS) through the Compliance Assistance Centers program supported by EPA's Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assistance (OECA). The web-based Centers help businesses meet their environmental obligations in language that relates directly to their operations. The Border Centers are dedicated to border compliance issues such as transboundary movement of products, chemicals, and wastes.
For more information, contact the Border Center Director, Bill Chenevert.