Last updated: 11/9/2023

Selling Toy Products? You Must Read This. 

This is important for beginners, intermediate or advanced sellers or anyone selling toy products in the US. 

Freight Forwarders are confronting increased examination ratio for toy products by CSPC and CBP. 

Examination Ratios

In recent times, Proboxx has encountered a critical situation arising from the surge in examination ratios imposed by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) for toy products.  

This intensified scrutiny not only poses risks and challenges for freight forwarders but also emphasizes the importance of verifying that all certificates required, including ASTM & CPC & tracking labels, adhere to regulatory standards. 

The transportation of toy products has become a complex task due to the stricter regulations implemented by the CPSC and CBP.  

These regulations aim to ensure the safety and compliance of toys entering the United States market. While the intention behind these measures is commendable, the heightened examination ratio has significantly increased the burden on freight forwarders and raised concerns within the industry. 


One of the most substantial risks faced by freight forwarders is the potential delays caused by increased inspections. These delays can have severe consequences for both importers and exporters, affecting their supply chain efficiency, inventory management, and overall business operations.  

Moreover, the additional time and costs incurred during inspections can escalate logistical expenses, further straining the financial viability of freight forwarding companies. 

Crucial Documentation

Additionally, the challenges associated with verifying all required certificates and tracking labels cannot be understated. Freight forwarders play a crucial role in ensuring that imported toy products meet the necessary safety standards, including appropriate tracking labels and certification documentation.  

Failure to comply with these regulations can result in penalties, fines, and even the rejection of shipments at the border. Thus, the meticulous examination and verification of each consignment become paramount. 


To tackle these challenges effectively, freight forwarders must adopt comprehensive strategies.  

Here are a few key steps that can mitigate risks and enhance compliance: 

1. Pre-shipment Inspections: Conduct thorough inspections of toy products before they are shipped. This will help identify any non-compliance issues and allow for timely remediation.

2. Robust Documentation: Ensure all necessary certificates, such as test reports and conformity declarations, are accurately compiled and reviewed. Double-check that tracking labels, including batch and date codes, are in accordance with regulations. 

3. Collaboration with Suppliers: Establish strong partnerships with toy manufacturers and suppliers to foster transparent communication and adherence to safety standards from the outset. 

4. Regulatory Awareness: Stay up to date with the latest regulations imposed by the CPSC and CBP, including any amendments or revisions. Regularly educate staff members about compliance requirements to minimize errors.

5. Reliable Compliance Software: Leverage advanced compliance software tools that can streamline documentation management, automate compliance checks, and provide real-time visibility into the status of shipments.  

If you are a seller that sell toys products and you want to have further discussion about this topic, get in touch with us by clicking on the Contact Us page on the website or click HERE and we’ll also endeavour to bring you a webinar on this specific topic in the future. 

 Stay informed, stay compliant, and forge ahead. The team you can trust, Proboxx.

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