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U.S. Government and State Regulations
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Certifications and Testing Requirements
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Labeling Requirements
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U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)
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U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)Determining Country of Origin
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U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)The Jade Act
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Federal Trade Commission (FTC)
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Federal Trade Commission (FTC)Fur Labeling Act
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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS)
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U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
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U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
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U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)The U.S. Lacey Act
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U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)PPQ505 Form
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Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)
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Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) and Federal Hazard Substance Act (FHSA)
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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)Formaldehyde Standards Act (FSA)
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State Regulations
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State RegulationsCalifornia Transparency in Supply Chains Act
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State RegulationsCalifornia Proposition 65
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State RegulationsCalifornia Air Resource Board (CARB)
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Certifications and Testing Requirements

To aid our vendors, we have developed a matrix in determining the federal and state requirements for products that typically require extensive testing and certification prior to entry into the U.S.

For all other products, i.e. adult wearing apparel, shoes, handbags, cosmetics, etc., please refer to the agency listing in this section for application to your commodity.  Any questions can be referred to your Foreign Buying Office.

It is important to note that the following information is intended to be used as a guide.  We urge our vendors to review the U.S. regulations that pertain to the goods they sell. There may be other requirements that apply.

Certifications and Declarations

  • Any item using composite wood requires California’s Air Resource Board (CARB) certification via approved third party lab for the state of California. 
  • Any item using composite wood requires certification for the Formaldehyde Standards Act (FSA) via approved third party lab starting January 1, 2013. 
  • Any item using plant or plant products requires declaration of component, scientific information, value, country of harvest, with unit of measure according to the Lacey Act.
  • The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) requires a GCC every shipment related to children’s products and other certain categories of import commodities.
  • Any item containing fish or wildlife is subject to review for potential 3-177 or CITES declaration for proper entry into the U.S. by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Agency.  In addition, state level Fish and Wildlife restrictions may apply as well.
  • Any item containing jadeite or rubies requires an Exporter Certification according to The Jade Act.

Home Décor Federal Test Requirements

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Childrens Federal Test Requirements

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State Test Requirements

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Fish and Wildlife Requirements

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