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Etsy Advises Sellers about New Regulations on Toys

Etsy Advises Sellers about New Regulations on Toys

Etsy advised sellers about new requirements coming into effect in July for toys, noting that listings on its marketplace are automatically set to ship worldwide unless updated by the seller, regardless of the seller’s location. In other words, sellers in all countries should pay attention.

New products manufactured in the EU, as well as products imported from third countries – whether new or used (including vintage toys) – must meet the provisions of the applicable legislation when placed on the market, it explained.

Etsy explained what items are considered toys in the EU and provided a “manufacturer’s checklist of obligations before placing a toy in the EU market.”

Etsy said its post was an overview for educational purposes only and was not legal advice.

“Toy safety rules in Europe are amongst the most rigorous in the world. As a toy seller, it’s important to understand the obligations of manufacturers, who are responsible for the safety of their products. In the EU, products made available on the market must comply with the applicable legislation from the moment of placing on the market. As this entails a series of obligations, including new requirements due to become effective in July 2021.”

See the full post on the Etsy Seller Handbook that includes more information and links to additional resources.

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2 thoughts on “Etsy Advises Sellers about New Regulations on Toys”

  1. I know many sellers have stopped selling to the UK, not just because of this toy obligation, but because of ALL the new obligations there. Some sellers just dont want to deal with all the extra work that goes into selling there.

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