Toy Import and Export Requirements Compliance
We help you comply with export and import requirements for Toys
Unsafe and poorly made toys pose a substantial threat to the health and safety of consumers, which is why most countries have stringent requirements concerning not only the physical and mechanical elements of the toy, but also the chemical properties, flammability, and hygiene. Intertek offers toy testing, inspection and auditing services to ensure your products comply with these various requirements, including the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA), EU Toy Directive, Canada Consumer Product Safety Act (CCPSA) and China’s GB standards.
For many decades, companies around the world have relied on Intertek to issue the necessary certificates of conformity and to carry out pre-shipment inspections, ensuring their products comply with each importing country’s requirements .
If you want to be sure your goods clear customs smoothly in Algeria, Bangladesh, Ecuador, Kuwait, Kenya, Mexico, Nigeria, Mozambique, Saudi Arabia, Sierra Leone, The Philippines, Uganda or Uzbekistan you will need to comply with these countries’ requirements.
The Intertek solution to Product Conformity and Pre-Shipment inspection
Toys are mostly governed by compliance to International standards such as EN 71-1 and its applicable parts However, certain countries impose additional requirements based on other factors (such as religious sentiments etc).
Listed below are a few such country specific requirements for Toys where a Certificate of Conformity is mandatory. Intertek is able to issue these certificates and more.
Toys are regulated products under the PVoC programme and would require a certificate of conformity for their export to Kenya. Electrical toys need to operate on a rated voltage or voltage range incorporating 230V or 240V and 50Hz Frequency and plugs fitted to the supply cords shall have a configuration in accordance with BS 1363.
All products shall have a marking of “Country of Origin” – KS 1829.
Kuwait Conformity Assurance Scheme (KUCAS) requires that every consignment of imported goods which contains regulated products must be accompanied by a Technical Inspection Report (TIR). Electrical toys need to operate on 230V or 240V and 50Hz Frequency. Any test documentation shall however, show conformity to relevant standard during testing at a mains voltage incorporating 240V.
Plugs attached to supply cords shall have a plug configuration according to:
- BS 1363* for appliances rated up to 13 Amps
All appliances shall be marked with country of origin (MOCI Dec. 4/1988)
In 2005, the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) implemented guidelines called the Standards Organisation of Nigeria Conformity Assessment Programme (SONCAP) where every consignment must be accompanied by a SONCAP Certificate. Electrical toys need to operate on a rated Voltage 230 Volts or 415 Volts and 50Hz Frequency and plugs attached to supply cords shall have a configuration according to BS 1363 or BS 546.
Intertek is an approved Certification/Inspection Body (CIB) operating the SONCAP programme, and can issue the required SONCAP Certificate.
All Consumer Goods, including toys being imported into the country, are now required to have a Certificate of Conformity to clear Customs as per MOCI Decree 6386.
Toys designed to be in regular contact with the skin or mouth shall only use food grade dyes (SASO 1063), and wooden toys shall be painted with non-toxic polyurethane free of chromium, lead and cadmium (SASO 1063).
Outdoor toys made wholly or essentially of ferrous metals shall be adequately protected against corrosion (SASO 1063).
Products and packaging shall not be offensive to the Islamic religion. In particular, toys shall not include derivatives from pigs, have pictures of pigs, pig shapes, or crosses.
Electrical toys need to operate on 127 or 220 V and 60Hz Frequency, and warnings have to be in English and Arabic languages, and should be easily noticeable.
Need help or have a question?
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Essentials of Due Diligence and Bench marking White Paper
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An Expert’s View of the Implications of the New EU Toy Directive (2009/48/EC) (776 KB PDF)
Insight Bulletins (formerly Sparkles)
Insight Bulletins on the EU Toy Safety Directive (EN 71)
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