California Proposition 65 Guide for US Importers

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California Proposition 65 is one of the most pervasive regulations for consumer products enforced in the state of California since it covers all the consumer products sold or distributed in the state.

Before placing their products in California, manufacturers and importers must familiarize themselves with the requirements of this regulation. In this guide, we briefly introduce and summarize some important points for product importers. Continue reading California Proposition 65 Guide for US Importers

Occupational Safety and Health Act Guide for US Importers

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The Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) sets safety requirements for various types of PPE, workwear, and other related products. Such products include face shields, safety glasses, N95 masks, helmets, and work shoes.

Ensuring compliance with the Occupational Safety and Health Act may require that you follow certain ANSI (or other) product standards, arrange lab testing, and issue certain documents – such as a safety manual.

Keep reading, and learn what American importers must know about the Occupational Safety and Health Act.

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Mattress Regulations in the United States: An Overview

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Planning to manufacture or import mattresses in the United States? In this guide, we cover flammability standards, warning labels, chemicals, and heavy metals limits, lab testing options, and much more.

Mentioned Products

  • Crib mattresses
  • Bunk bed mattresses
  • Convertible sofa bed mattresses
  • Futons

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Small Parts Regulations & Warnings in the United States

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Planning to import children’s products to the US? If your products contain parts such as beads, marbles, balls, or other small parts that might detach from it and pose a potential hazard of clogging the esophagus of young children, we suggest you read this article, to understand the CPSC requirements. Continue reading Small Parts Regulations & Warnings in the United States

California Proposition 65 Product Lab Testing: A Complete Guide

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California Proposition 65 restricts more than 800 chemicals and heavy metals, including lead, cadmium, and phthalates. Further, California Proposition 65 applies to consumer products for all age groups.

In this guide, we explain what Amazon sellers, importers, and manufacturers must know about California Proposition 65 lab testing – including costs, sample submissions, lead times, failed test results, and more. Continue reading California Proposition 65 Product Lab Testing: A Complete Guide

Country of Origin Requirements in the United States: An Overview

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Country of origin labeling is mandatory for all consumer products imported and sold in the United States. Country of origin labeling is often as straightforward as printing a ‘Made in [INSERT COUNTRY]’ on the product and its packaging. That being said, there are exemptions for some products, and it’s sometimes not that simple to determine the actual country of origin.

In this guide, we explain what importers and Amazon sellers must know about country of origin labeling rules in the United States, including product exemptions, origin rules, placement, and more.

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Dropshipping Product Safety & Compliance Risks: An Overview

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If you’re reading this article you’re likely a dropshipping seller worried about the prospect of unknowingly selling unsafe and non-compliant products. If you ask me, you have reason to be.

There’s are far more questions than answers when it comes to product safety and compliance when it comes to dropshipping. As such, I wrote this article as a reflection on my experience with both sellers and suppliers in the dropshipping world.

Important: This article is not aimed at any particular dropshipping supplier, online marketplace, or service. This article only raises broad and general issues related to product compliance and dropshipping. Continue reading Dropshipping Product Safety & Compliance Risks: An Overview

Product Traceability Requirements in the United States: An Overview

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Product Traceability Requirements

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Product traceability includes batch numbers, and other product and packaging labels, that can help in tracing products to a certain production run, and factory. Tracing products is critical when it comes to recalling defective and potentially unsafe products, or for the sake of linking products to certain documents. Traceability is often part of mandatory compliance requirements, such as the CPSIA Tracking Label.

In this guide, we cover what American importers and manufacturers must know about product traceability requirements for children’s products, apparel, medical devices, and more.

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Single-Use Plastics Regulations in the United States: An Overview

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Single-use plastic products, such as plastic straws, cutlery, and cups, are slowly being phased out in the United States. In this guide, we explain what American importers and manufacturers must know about single-use plastic regulations, bans, and exemptions in California, New York, Oregon, and many other states.

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RoHS Product Lab Testing: A Complete Guide

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The Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Directive restricts chemicals and heavy metals in electronic products imported to or manufactured in the European Union. Ensuring compliance requires lab testing at some level in the supply chain – be it the final assembled product, individual components, or even raw materials. In many cases, importers opt for a combination of these.

In this guide, we explain what you must know about RoHS lab testing options, costs, substance limitations, compliance risks, Amazon requirements, and more. Continue reading RoHS Product Lab Testing: A Complete Guide