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Import/Export

Question: I currently have a DEA registration to import controlled substances into the United States. Do I need to obtain a separate DEA registration as a chemical importer to also import bulk raw quantities of a List I chemical?

Answer: Yes, a separate DEA registration as a chemical importer is required. Title 21 CFR 1309.21(a)(1) requires that every person or entity who imports or proposes to import a List I chemical or a drug product containing ephedrine, pseudoephedrine, or phenylpropanolamine must annually obtain a DEA registration as a chemical importer. Thus, DEA requires a separate registration for individuals or entities seeking to import controlled substances as well as any amount of a List I chemical, not just bulk raw quantities. EO-DEA222, October 5, 2020

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