US Law Label Requirements For Importers: A Complete Guide

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Planning to import beddings, stuffed toys, bean bags, or other stuffed products? Chances are your product requires a US Law Label. In this guide, we explain what the US Law Label is and the issues faced specifically by American importer ordering products from foreign manufacturers.

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What is a US Law Label?

The US Law Label dates back to the early 1900s and requires that the filling materials of certain products are specified. In other words, the consumer should know what’s inside a product

This includes filling materials in pillows, mattresses, sleeping bags, and other textile products. Here’s an example: Polyurethane Foam 90%, Blended Cotton Felt 10%.

This information must be included:

  • “Do Not Remove” Statement
  • Filling materials (Weight %)
  • Uniform Registry Number (URN)
  • Company Name

Which products require a US Law Label?

Law Labels apply to essentially all stuffed products that may be used for sleep, support, or rest. This includes everything from mattresses to barstools. Here are a few more examples from American Law Label Inc:

  • Baby carriers
  • Bean bags
  • Car seat protectors
  • Sleeping bags
  • Sofas
  • Stuffed toys
  • Furniture cushions
  • Kids car seats

That said, there is no definitive list of products that requires a law label.

Uniform Law Label

Law Labels are required in most US states. That said, the labeling requirements differ. As such, most brands opt for a Uniform Law Label that complies with the Law Label requirements in all US states.

Uniform Law Label Example

UNDER PENALTY OF LAW
THIS IS NOT BE REMOVED EXCEPT BY CONSUMER

ALL NEW MATERIALS CONSISTING OF

Polyurethane Foam 90%, Blended Cotton Felt 10%

CA REG NO. 123456789

Certification is made by the manufacturer that the materials in this article are described in accordance with the law*

IMPORTED BY

Beddings Importer LLC
950 Lombard Street
San Francisco, California, CA 94133

Date of delivery: 2020-10-05
Style: Specify
Fin. Size: Specify
Net Weight of Filling Materials: Specify
Federal Requirement: RN
Filling: Specify
Cover: Specify

MADE IN VIETNAM


*The filling materials must be specified using established material descriptions

Note: You can see a sample of a Uniform Law Label on page 19 in this guide. The sample label is also provided by American Law Label Inc.

Label Placement

The label must be permanently affixed to the product. As such, a sticker or print on the packaging is not sufficient.

US Law Label

Uniform Registry Number (URN)

In New York, California, Texas, and many other states, manufacturers register and include the registration number on the Law Label.

What is a URN?

Uniform Registry Number (URN) must be displayed on the Law Label in some states. You can obtain a URN when you register in one state – and use it to register in other states that require a URN.

Can I use the supplier’s URN?

Yes, importers should use the manufacturer’s URN. That said, don’t expect the average supplier on Alibaba.com to have a URN. Most suppliers are not even aware of the URN or how to register. You may, therefore, find yourself in a situation in which you’re the one that needs to get the manufacturer registered in the United States.

Is the US Law Label mandatory?

Yes, law labels are mandatory in most US states. That said, there are some differences when it comes to the following:

  • Labeling information
  • Registration requirements

Which US states require a Law Label?

Here are some states in which the US Law Label is required:

  • California
  • New York
  • Illinois
  • Ohio
  • Texas
  • Virginia
  • Arizona

The Law Label is “de facto” mandatory as it ís required in more than 30 states.

Is the Law Label required for imported products?

Yes, importers are responsible for ensuring that products manufactured outside the United States are correctly labeled. In practice, this means that you must provide a ready-made label file, complete with the registration number and other information.

Label Information

In addition, you must also provide the supplier with the following:

  • Dimensions
  • Placement
  • Material
  • Color

Foreign Manufacturers

Do not assume that manufacturers outside the United States are even aware of the Law Label. It’s up to you as the importer to provide the label and clear instructions.

Further, you must also verify that the product is correctly labeled during the pre-shipment inspection.

Filling Materials

The label must include an accurate description of the filling materials. If you’re importing custom-designed products, you should always include this in the Bill of Materials. If you’re buying a private label product, on the other hand, you need to confirm the filling materials with the manufacturer before you create the label.

You must verify the filling materials during the pre-shipment inspection, to the extent possible.

What can happen if my products don’t carry a Law Label?

Failing to ensure that your products are correctly labeled can result in product recall and fines. It’s therefore critical to ensure that your imported products are correctly labeled – and registered – before you start selling in the USA.

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  • 9 Responses to “US Law Label Requirements For Importers: A Complete Guide

    1. Veera Tumma at 9:43 am

      HI Fedrik,

      Polyester fibers produced from recycled PET bottles(extruded into fibers) can be named as “All New material ” in law label claim? Please advsie.

      1. Fredrik Gronkvist at 11:30 am

        Hi Veera,

        We do not offer consulting services in the comment section

    2. Juliana at 12:58 pm

      Hi Preeti
      Where can I check the URN# is valid?

    3. Henry Landan at 2:41 pm

      What are the penalties for failure to attach a Law Label to theater chairs which are imported and supposedly stuffed with foam?

      1. Fredrik Gronkvist at 3:50 pm

        You need to contact a US lawyer to get an answer to this question. We only cover product compliance requirements.

    4. yuval weiner at 4:12 pm

      Hi Fredrik,

      Is there any data base of factories in China/Vietnam/India/Cambodia that hold a URN License?
      Or do you have any suggestions how to source for this licenses factories?

    5. Preeti Saxena at 6:29 pm

      We need law label

      1. Fredrik Gronkvist at 12:39 pm

        Hi Preeti,

        I suggest you contact this company: https://americanlawlabel.com/

      2. Kelley Kirk at 10:17 am

        You may contact Worldwide Registration Service (WRS) for bedding, stuffed products, and upholstered furniture compliance. WRS will assist you in getting a URN and required licenses.
        https://www.worldwideregistrationservice.com EMAIL: [email protected]

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