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Freight Rates on U.S. Imports from Asia Could Increase as much as 20 Percent in 2019-2020 Contracts
March 11, 2019
The Toy Association has learned that contract freight rates on U.S. imports from Asia are projected to increase by as much as 20 percent in 2019.

Toy Association’s Rebecca Mond Testifies on Enforcement Against Counterfeit and Unsafe Toys
March 5, 2019
The Toy Association’s Rebecca Mond, vice president of federal government affairs, recently spoke in front of key government agencies in support of U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) and the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (CPSC) enforcement efforts against the upsurge in knockoff, counterfeit, and otherwise illicit toys being sold via online marketplaces.

CPSC Acting Chairman Buerkle Keynotes the Annual Toy Safety & Compliance Update at Toy Fair New York
February 18, 2019
Several hundred Toy Fair attendees filled the room at The Toy Association’s annual “Toy Safety & Compliance Update” on Monday inside the Javits Center. Led by the Association’s external affairs team, the three-hour seminar provided manufacturers, retailers, toy inventors, testing labs, and other attendees with news and developments related to toy safety laws and other issues impacting the toy industry in the U.S. and abroad, and introduced two new services exclusively for members.

Safety & Compliance: Toy Association Announces Two New Member Services
February 18, 2019
The Toy Association has announced two new services it is excited to offer to its members free of charge – a Safety Education Program that details requirements for toy safety at the U.S. federal and state levels, as well as internationally – and an international regulatory database of the standards and requirements applicable to toys in five major consumer markets. The announcement was made during the annual Toy Safety and Compliance Update earlier today at Toy Fair New York.

Toy Association Co-Hosts Advocacy Fly-In to Fight Tariffs on Chinese Imports
February 12, 2019
As the threat of additional tariffs on Chinese imports looms with the U.S.-China “tariff truce” scheduled to end on March 1, last week The Toy Association co-led a special Washington, DC fly-in event with the Americans for Free Trade Coalition. Over the course of two days, nearly two dozen toy industry executives joined other industry participants to urge government officials to oppose tariffs on Chinese imports and help small businesses across the country.

Manitoba’s Stuffed Articles Regulation to Be Repealed on January 1, 2020
February 11, 2019
The Toy Association has learned that the government of Manitoba, Canada plans to repeal the Bedding and Other Upholstered or Stuffed Articles Regulation, two months after the government of Ontario elected to remove the burdens that province’s regulation placed on the toy industry.

Mark Your Calendars: Toy Safety Update & Annual Strategy Meeting to Take Place at Toy Fair
January 22, 2019
The Toy Association will host its annual Toy Safety & Compliance Update on the morning of Monday, February 18 at the 116th annual North American International Toy Fair. The free seminar will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Hall 1E, Room 1E09 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. As a part of this year’s seminar, Toy Association President and CEO Steve Pasierb will be announcing two new major programs to benefit you as toy industry representatives.

Reminder: Chemicals Reporting Deadline for Children’s Products Sold in Washington State
January 9, 2019
The Toy Association is reminding companies that do business in Washington state that the next deadline for reporting chemicals in children's products is January 31.

Toy Association to Co-Host February Fly-In to Educate Congress on Industry’s Opposition to Tariffs
January 4, 2019
This week, every senator and representative received a “Welcome to Congress” letter from The Toy Association highlighting the importance of the U.S. toy industry and expressing our strong opposition to tariffs on Chinese imports. Looking ahead, the Association is working closely with the Tariffs Hurt the Heartland Coalition to host a special fly-in on February 6 and 7 in Washington, DC.

Ontario’s Stuffed Articles Regulation to Be Revoked on July 1, 2019
December 12, 2018
The Toy Association has learned that the date of revocation for the Upholstered and Stuffed Articles regulation (Ontario Regulation 218/01) in Ontario, Canada has been finalized as July 1, 2019.

CPSC Extends Enforcement Discretion on Acoustics for Push/Pull Toys to December 2019
December 11, 2018
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has agreed to extend the enforcement discretion on acoustics requirements for push or pull toys until December 31, 2019.

Important Update: Tariffs Delayed but We Still Need Your Help
December 3, 2018
Following the agreement between President Trump and China’s President Xi Jinping to delay new tariff increases for 90 days, The Toy Association continues to strongly encourage members to join the fight against tariffs as there is still work to be done.

EPA Announces Peer Review of Draft Risk Evaluation for Pigment Violet 29
November 30, 2018
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency plans to hold a public meeting and peer review in early 2019 to address the draft risk evaluation for Pigment Violet 29 (PV29), a process required by the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). The peer review, taking place January 29 to February 1, will be performed by the EPA’s Science Advisory Committee on Chemicals (SACC), a new Federal Advisory Committee required under TSCA.

Toy Association Combats Toy Hunting Season and Promotes Commitment to Safety
November 27, 2018
As the holidays get underway, so does the busiest toy buying season of the year. Unfortunately, certain NGO groups leverage this time of year to advance their own agendas and garner headlines with their lists of allegedly “unsafe toys” that needlessly frighten parents and attempt to create a black mark on the toy industry with inaccurate and misleading information.

Toy Association Submits Comments on Brazil Ordinance 503 and Brazil RoHS
November 27, 2018
The Toy Association has submitted comments to Brazilian toy regulator, INMETRO, to address issues which have emerged under Ordinance 503, its proposed toy safety and certification regulation.