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      Importing Toys from China into the UK - EU Regulations when importing low quantities

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      I am starting a Toys online business. I am thinking of ordering the toys in small quantities via a Chinese website. Since my import quantity is so low, do I need to follow the safety rules and regulations in UK.

      Do I need a certificate for each toy to show that they are tested?...
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      Hi Asad2237,

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      The quantity of toys you import won't have an affect on the EU safety requirements the toys will need to meet.

      Any toy intended for sale in the UK must meet the requirements of the Toys (Safety) Regulations 1995 and bear the CE marking and the name and address of the company or person who imported the toy in the UK. European standard EN 71 specifies safety requirements for all toys intended for sale in the European Union. All toys which comply with the EN 71 standard can carry the CE mark.

      If the toys you want to start importing into the UK contain electrical parts or chemicals, then they should also comply with REACH and WEEE regulations. If the toys contain any parts of dyed fabric, then you should also have a look at the following link: Azo dyes

      The importer (You) of a toy into the UK market is liable for any issues caused by the toy. If the toy you want to import into the UK doesn't comply with EU safety regulations and doesn't carry the CE mark, you need to get that toy tested by a UK test house to get it certified for resale in the EU.

      Have a look at the following UK test house for more information about testing toys imported from China:One issue which could cause serious problems when sourcing from China is that the manufacturer decides to start using a cheaper material which does not comply with EU safety regulations. You might want to consider re testing your imported toys on a regular basis.

      You should also be aware that some scam suppliers will send you a mock up sample which complies with EU safety regulations as a trick to get you to order large quantities of what will turn out to be toys manufactured with different materials which don't comply with EU safety regulations. Always verify that you are buying from a legitimate supplier before you make your first order.

      If your supplier provides you with a test certificate showing that their toys are in compliance with all the necessary EU regulations, then make sure that the test certificate is from a reputable test house, describing the item in question and is no older then two years.

      The business of importing toys is one full of risks so we suggest you get a good public liability insurance to protect yourself in the event of any lawsuits and other legal claims made against your business.

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      you could also hire a third party inspection company to check they are using the right materials and labels for your products. This may be more beneficial for larger quantities which have more risk.

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      Quote:

      Originally Posted by Asad2237 View Post
      Hi,

      I am starting a Toys online business. I am thinking of ordering the toys in small quantities via a Chinese website. Since my import quantity is so low, do I need to follow the safety rules and regulations in UK.

      Do I need a certificate for each toy to show that they are tested?...
      There are a few safe regulations when it comes to toys, to ensure they can't be swallowed easily or there is no lead in the paint, or it's made of inferior poisonous plastic.

      Check out your local chamber of commerce to ensure it complies with the local laws.

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      Hi,

      Based on our experience, it can be a very tedious process importing small quantities of Toys into the UK. The reason for this is that, in China, mostly only large manufacturers can meet the strict the UK regulations and they have high MOQ's in place. The smaller suppliers, who do not have moq requirements or small MOQ's , usually either do not meet the regulations and worse, claim to meet them mand provide fake certificates. Therfore, please tread carefully.
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