01.Risk Description | v.20221223

Tabletop game products (for children under the age of 14), that are classified as toy products in most countries have strict requirements that must be followed. In order to ensure the personal safety of end users (mostly children, under 14 years old), most countries require products to pass relevant safety inspections before they are allowed to be released on the market.

As a professional manufacturer of tabletop games, LongPack places high importance on the safety standards of all our products. The raw materials we use are in compliance with relevant safetystandards. However, the safety of the final product must be determined by a professional third-party inspection company according to relevant safety standards.

If we choose not to undergo safety inspection, we understand the following potential risks may arise: 


0.1 Customs Inspection

Most customs will conduct random inspection of imported goods, if the product is related to toys (including tabletop game products for children under the age of 14, customs will require the importer to provide corresponding safety inspection reports before releasing the goods involved. If there is no safety inspection report, then the products will not be cleared and will need to perform safety inspection at the port of entry. Customs will not release the goods until a qualified safety inspection report is provided. Costs incurred in the port of entry where the goods stay during the safety inspection may be required to be paid. If the products do not pass the safety inspection, then they will not be allowed to enter the country and to its final destination. In this case, the goods may be returned or destroyed and this will be a huge loss to both parties.

0.2 Buyer Request

Usually, large retailers (such as Target, Walmart, and Amazon) will require a safety inspection report before placing a product on their shelves. Even if the current buyer does not have this requirement, the goods have not been inspected, and have successfully cleared customs and entered the warehouse; if the buyer requests a safety inspection report, then a qualified safety inspection report is still required.

0.3 Risks and Penalties for Goods Returned

Even if the products have successfully avoided random inspection by customs, the buyer does not require a safety inspection report, and the products are sold on the market, there is still a possibility that the products will be randomly chosen for inspection and fail safety standards. This will result in the products being recalled and fined (although this is very rare).
Therefore, we strongly recommend that the relevant safety inspections are carried out on the final product. LongPack recommends safety inspection of the products (normally, safety inspections are performed on mass production samples) before mass production to ensure that the products meet  relevant safety standards.
LongPack and our partner safety inspection companies compiled a list of commonly tested items. Please refer to the following list to select the required test items. 

0.4 Notes

Note 1: The suggested test items are compiled based on tested items from most of our customers in the past, incorporating suggestions given by inspection companies (such as BV and SGS). It does not mean that the products have to perform these tests, nor does it mean that if they pass all the tests, there will be no risks associated. The explanation from the inspection company is that they have listed some projects with higher risks based on historical data of recall cases in European and American markets (based on cases where projects were often recalled because they did not pass safety inspection).
Note 2: If all relevant laws and regulations are followed, the inspection list will be very long and the cost will be very high. In addition, the items that need to be tested also have different requirements, depending on the different types of materials in the products. Therefore, this list does not cover all testing items required by law.
Note 3: Even some of the top toy distribution companies with specialized product safety departments, under certain circumstances, may still face situations where their products are recalled even if the products have passed relevant safety inspections and have been placed on the market.
Note 4: It is also possible to consult with the buyer and arrange inspected items and procedures according to the buyer’s requirements.
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