In the above toy chart, you can see the main 5 Toy Factories and wholesalers in China is Chenghai, Yiwu, Yangzhou, Qingdao, and Yongjia. These places are in different parts of China, and if you are sourcing different toys from China, it is very hard for you to manage the toy factories and logistics. Therefore find an experienced toy sourcing agent in China will save your a lot of energy and costs. Also if you want to know more about the toys manufacturing center, you read the the post as below:
Shantou Chenghai toys market - Largest Toys Supply Chain Center
Shantou Chenghai toys market is China’s largest toys Supply Chain Center & largest toy wholesale market. Shantou toys market is the best city to go for buy
2. The toy market is changing fast
When a customer does toy business more than 3 years recently must be knowing the hot selling toy in 2016, 2017 and 2018. And some toys could be amazing hot sale such as scooters/hoverboard, VR box, fidget spinner/hand spinner, fingerlings etc. we know this when these hot selling toys come out, it surprises the global market, especially the hand spinner shipped millions of pieces in just 4 months. But how did toy customer catch the opportunity immediately?
TWO Ways in Your Hand:
A: You can use Google Trends to validate your product ideas.
It tracks the terms that people search for. You can refine the search results by using time period and location to see the relative popularity of search terms at a glance. Google Trends will give you insights into the different search terms that have changed across time. It will also give you an idea about the trends changing within the last few hours or days.
Let’s move to the Google Trends for scooters.
…And hand spinner trends.
B: Find A Experienced Toy Sourcing Agent in China
An experienced toy sourcing agent in China will not only manage your all kinds toy sourcing but also save your cost and they familiar with Chinese toy market, they are sensitive to the market change, and know what is hot and popular in the global market because of 70% of toys in the world are exported from China. As we introduced the hand spinner trends, fingerlingsfactory will be your Assured China Toy Sourcing Agent.
3. The problem of Compliance and Safety
Since toy products are mostly used by children, many countries in the world have strict regulations and high requirement for them. One of the biggest challenges encountered in importing toys from China is certificate and safety.
Different countries have diverse standards that are required for toys to be imported. Below are some of the certifications that are required by top toy-importing countries:
United States (ASTM F963-11)
The first three sets of ASTM F963 are mechanical or physical testing, flammability testing, and chemical testing. Another certification is CPSIA (Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act) which caters for lead and phthalates test as well as labeling test.
Toys that are being taken to Europe need to pass Toy Safety Directive (EN71) and must also have a CE mark. Electronic toys need to passEN62115.
The new Japan Toy Safety Standard ST2012 was published in October 2012 and was effective on the 1st of January, 2013. The former version (the 11th edition) remained valid until March 31, 2014. Under the new standard, some physical and mechanical requirements were modified to meet ISO 8124 Part 1 and EN71 Part 1. The flammability requirements are identical to ISO 8124 Part 2, while the chemical requirements remain the same with ST2002 (i.e. the 11th edition).
The Canada Consumer Product Safety Act (CCPSA) was enacted with the aim of protecting the public by addressing and preventing dangers (that may emanate from consumer products in Canada) to the health or safety of the public.
The Act applies to suppliers of consumer products in Canada, as well as manufacturers, importers, distributors, advertisers, and retailers.
The Act recognizes that suppliers of consumer products play a key role in addressing any dangers to the health or safety of humans via consumer products in the global market of today.
Australia/New Zealand (AS/NZS ISO8124)
The Australian Standards for Toys, AS/NZS 8124 part 1, 2 and 3 were updated to the 2016 version in June 2016. The Australian standards were modified from ISO 8124:2014.
AS/NZS 8124 standards help to test physical and mechanical, flammability and heavy metal requirements.
4. The issue of Patent Infringement
Some Toy factories would like to print some brand animation characters when designing their new toy products, some make the shape same as these brand characters. For example, two same kids digital watch, one has printed Peppa pig but another doesn’t, then the Peppa pig watch can be sold Larger quantity in the higher price than the latter, and people still prefer to buy the former.
If the toy manufacturers didn’t get animation company’s authorization, then all these toys with animation characters can be designed infringed. Your products will be examined by both China custom and foreigner custom. Once they find you don’t have the authorization, they will destroy them.
Even if you are lucky enough to escape the custom’s inspection, you will run into the same problems as above when selling these unauthorized toys.
So if you want to import toys with famous animation characters printed, you need to make sure whether your supplier has the authorization. If not, you can change to another supplier, or you have to give up this product in case it may ruin your business
But if you have cooperated with an experienced toy sourcing agent in China, they will analysis the patent infringement in the beginning. It is efficient for you to source the right toy in China.
Importing Toys from China will encounter some challenges, but it ls a lucrative market that anyone can venture into. I have taken my time to explain why you should find a China toys sourcing agent. After going through this article, you have any questions, drop them in the comment section below. I’ll love to hear from you.