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Importing Board Games Into the U.S.


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Importing Board Games into the United States: Key Guidelines and Regulations

What are the necessary steps for importing board games into the United States?

The process varies depending on the target audience (adults or children).

Identify the Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) code for the game.

What's the HTS code for most board games?

Most board games fall under the code 9504.90.6000, which is duty-free.

You'll still need to pay Merchandise Processing Fees (MPF) and Harbor Maintenance Fees (HMF).

What's the process for importing board games intended for children?

Children's products usually have the HTS code 9503.00.

Additional regulations apply.

How do you determine if a product is considered a children's product?

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) decides this.

Factors include manufacturer's intent, labeling, and recognized use by children.

What safety requirements apply to children's products?

Age Determination Guidelines specify safety standards.

Testing for harmful substances (e.g., lead, phthalates) is required.

How can you obtain a Children's Product Certificate (CPC)?

A CPC verifies safety standards compliance.

Products must be tested by CPSC-approved labs.

Application requirements include product information, safety rules, and more.

What's the significance of a tracking label on children's products?

The label must include manufacturing and testing details.

Helps trace the product's source and ensure safety compliance.

Where can you find more information on these requirements?

Visit the CPSC website for detailed guidance.

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