The Toy Association Helps Members with Logistics Issues Overseas

December 8, 2020 | The Toy Association has been helping members experiencing delays overseas prior to shipping out their product for the holiday season.

In addition to recent efforts to resolve delayed receipt of hot containers at U.S. ports, the Association has stepped in to assist those facing problems overseas. Such issues have included labs (sometimes retailer designated ones) having difficulty assigning correct age grades and misinterpreting ASTM F963 or other safety standards, which could cause failed test reports and potentially risk missed ship dates.

Other issues have been related to lost and/or missing required paperwork, such as Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) certifications or FDA facility registrations. These complications can result from a lack of requirements knowledge as well as misplacement by consolidators and labs.

The Toy Association has advised members on what steps to take for each of these matters and has interceded with labs or retailers when necessary.

“In a year when so many businesses are facing the impact of the pandemic, it was critical for us to be able to help our members get their products en route to their customers in a timely manner for the holiday shopping season,” said Alan Kaufman, senior vice president of technical affairs at The Toy Association.