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Safety Update: ASTM to Vote on Four Modifications to Toy Safety Standard
November 13, 2018
Toy Association staff attended a recent ASTM Subcommittee on Toy Safety F15.22 meeting in West Conshohocken, PA to discuss items to potentially be included in a 2018 edition of ASTM F963: Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Toy Safety. The Toy Association’s Joan Lawrence, senior vice president of standards and regulatory affairs (and chair of the ASTM Subcommittee), and Alan Kaufman, senior vice president of technical affairs, were both present at the meeting.

Toy Association Assesses Potential Impact of U.S. Federal and State Elections
November 13, 2018
Last week’s elections will bring in new legislators at the federal and state levels and The Toy Association team has begun laying the foundation to successfully navigate regulatory and legislative threats and opportunities in 2019 and beyond.

Toy Association’s International Advocacy Secures Regulatory Relief in Key Foreign Markets
November 6, 2018
The Toy Association recently submitted comments to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) on severalinternational trade barrier issues that impact U.S. toy companies that do business in foreign markets. The comments are used to compile the annual National Trade Estimate Report, which serves as a basis for USTR’s trade negotiations on regulatory and other barriers.

Toy Association’s Mond Moderates Town Hall Meeting on Tariffs Impact
October 16, 2018
As part of ongoing advocacy efforts against tariffs on Chinese imports, Toy Association staff moderated a town hall meeting last week that discussed the damaging costs tariffs have and will continue to place on American businesses and consumers. The panel discussion, which took place on October 11 in Philadelphia, PA, included a Toy Association member company and other impacted local businesses.

Advocating for Members: Toy Association’s Kaufman and Lawrence Attend ISO Safety Meetings
October 9, 2018
Toy Association staff attended meetings of the International Organization for Standardization Technical Committee on Toy Safety in Billund, Denmark in September, to discuss updates to ISO 8124 (the toy standard originally developed to serve as a model for countries that did not have their own standards and to encourage a unified approach). The meetings were hosted by The LEGO Group, which is headquartered in Billund.

Tariffs on $200 Billion in Chinese Goods Now in Effect; Additional $267 Billion in Tariffs Possible
September 25, 2018
Ten percent tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese imports went into effect September 24. On the same day, China imposed retaliatory tariffs on $60 billion of U.S. goods, which will negatively impact made-in-America exports, including U.S. toys.

BREAKING: Trump Administration Imposes Tariffs on $200 Billion in Chinese Goods
September 18, 2018
President Trump announced last night that tariffs at a rate of 10 percent will be imposed on $200 billion worth of Chinese imports, effective September 24. Although finished toys (imported under HTS chapter 9503) are not on the list, the list includes children’s furniture (such as chairs), arts and crafts items, juvenile products, children’s hats, and more. On January 1, tariffs on these goods will increase to 25 percent.

Trump Administration Set to Impose Tariffs on $200 Billion in Chinese Goods
September 17, 2018
According to the Washington Post, President Trump is set to impose tariffs at a rate of 10 percent on $200 billion in Chinese goods, with an announcement expected from the administration any day. This action would finalize tariffs on a list of Chinese imports (which includes more than 1,000 products, such as children’s furniture, arts and crafts items, juvenile products, children’s hats, and more) proposed in July.

Toy Association Joins Americans for Free Trade Coalition to Oppose Harmful Tariffs
September 12, 2018
The Toy Association announced today that it has joined Americans for Free Trade, a multi-industry coalition aimed at opposing tariffs and highlighting the benefits of international trade to the U.S. economy.

Toy Association Continues to Aggressively Fight Tariffs on Behalf of Toy Community
September 10, 2018
In its ongoing fight against toy tariffs, The Toy Association recently submitted comments to the United States Trade Representative (USTR) opposing the most recently proposed $200 billion list of Chinese imports, which would have a significant impact on U.S. toy companies, U.S. toy jobs, and U.S. consumers.

California Proposition 65: New Warning & Labeling Requirements Effective Aug. 30
August 28, 2018
The Toy Association is reminding industry stakeholders that new chemical labeling requirements under California’s Proposition 65 will go into effect on Thursday, August 30.

Toy Association Advocacy Updates
August 21, 2018
The Toy Association advocates year-round on behalf of its members’ best interests, both at home and abroad. The following are some key updates on squishy toys, comments submitted to the CPSC and EPA, and more.

Proposals for 2019 ICPHSO Meeting Due August 6
July 27, 2018
Toy industry stakeholders who would like to share their research, new processes, applications of technology, and other innovative ideas with global consumer product safety specialists at the 2019 ICPHSO Annual Meeting and Training Symposium are invited to submit their proposals by Monday, August 6.

An Urgent Priority: IP Protection and Counterfeit Toys
July 23, 2018
Steve Pasierb, The Toy Association’s president and CEO, highlights the Association’s efforts to raise member concerns and explore solutions surrounding IP infringement and counterfeit toys, with the goal of ensuring that only safe, compliant toys are getting into the hands of children.

Toy Association Continues to Fight Against Tariffs on Toys
July 17, 2018
The Toy Association continues to actively fight against tariffs that could potentially be placed on toy imports from China, advocating the industry’s position to the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), Congress, and the White House. Toys were not named as part of USTR’s most recent list of $200 billion in Chinese imports that could be subject to a 10 percent tariff; however, The Toy Association continues to actively oppose any tariffs being placed on toys.