Can someone tell me if there are any U.S. restrictions or regulations on the importation of toys from China?


I've chosen simple toys like cards or a yo yo from China and I have to say what U.S. import restrictions or regulations there are.

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In 2007 there was a scare related to the presence of lead-containing paint on Chinese toys.  This resulted in several restrictions on Chinese toy imports imposed by many countries, the U.S. included.  China responded by reducing the lead content to acceptable levels, and the restrictions have been largely lifted.

You mention a yo-yo toy.  This is a good choice since it has no small, painted parts that a child might break off and ingest.  And playing cards would pose no risk or restrictions whatsoever.

So long as the goods have paper work that is in order (see links to U.S. Customs service and check with any of a large number of Chinese export companies for requirements), your yo-yos should be importable without restriction.

There is one possible snag, however, and this is explained in the reference.  It involves a new procedure introduced in June 2010 of inspection at the port of entry by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).  They use portable X-ray Fluorescence scanners (XRF) to measure lead levels.  So long as your toys pass inspection, there should be no problem.

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Can someone tell me if there are any restrictions or import regulations the U.S. has regarding the importation of simple toys from china?Hope I'm clearer this time because no one answered me earlier - I have to choose a product to import to the U.S from a foreign counry market and explain  if there are regulations regarding the product that I should be aware of before importing - I choose toys from china - could someone help me out please?? If its an easier one I can change the product, its up to me...thanks Joelle

In recent years there has been a moratorium on import of many Chinese toys since the discovery of lead in painted toy finishes.  China has responded and solved the issue, and most Chinese toys are no longer banned.

As with the import of almost any product, toy imports are subject to U.S. Customs duty.  A link to the U.S. Customs web site found in reference 2 will explain.  Duty on Chinese goods generally is low because China enjoys NTR (formerly favored-nation) status.

The import of Chinese toys requires an importing license.  The link for this is also in the same reference.

The main restriction to the import of Chinese toys is that they must pass safety standards that are outlined on the web site of the Consumer Product Safety Commission,

Because they are relatively unregulated (compared to pharmaceuticals, foods, beverages, weapons, technology, etc.) toys are a good choice for your project.

All imports require licensing, duty and satisfaction of safety requirements, however Toys are among the least restricted.

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