Importing toys from China

Update date:
01 Dec 2023
Date of publication:
08 Nov 2023
Reading time: 3 minutes

China is the world leader in the production and export of toys. More than half of the world's toy production comes from this country. This means that in China you will find the largest selection of diverse toys that can be successfully sold on the local market. The richness and diversity of the range make importing from this country not only profitable, but also strategic for toy entrepreneurs.

Customs duty on toy imports from China

When importing toys from China, one of the key aspects to look out for is the customs. This is a tax levied on goods imported from abroad, which can affect the final price of the product. For toys from China, the duty rate can vary depending on the type of product and its value. Therefore, it is always advisable to check the current duty rates carefully before starting the import process. The duty rates on toys are relatively low at only a few percent. 

If you are unclear about the duty rates, it is always advisable to consult an expert or seek the assistance of a customs agency 

Example duty rates:

  1. inflatable balls 2.7%
  2. playing cards 2.7%
  3. plastic toys 4.7%
  4. Plastic imitation weapon toys 4.7%
  5. small arms models (casts) in metal 4.7%
  6. plush toys, stuffed 4.7%
  7. miniature models (cast metal) 4.7%
  8. puzzles e.g. 4.7%
  9. dolls 4.7%
  10. toys packaged in sets 4.7%
  11. Toy weapons made of wood 0%
  12. electric cars 0%
  13. toy instruments 0%
  14. wooden puzzles 0%
  15. billiards equipment and accessories 0%
  16. video game consoles and equipment 0%
  17. skates 0%
  18. electric trains, including tracks, signalling equipment and other related equipment 0%
  19. toy musical instruments 0%
  20. tricycles 0%
  21. scooters 0%
  22. Pedal cars and similar wheeled toys 0%
  23. dolls' prams 0%
  24. parts and accessories for dolls 0%

How do I find a reliable toy supplier from China?

In order to find a reliable toy supplier from China, it is advisable to use commonly used trading platforms such as Alibaba or 1688. An extensive range of products from different sellers is available on these portals, enabling us to find the desired toys at competitive prices. It is a good idea to order samples before ordering a larger batch to check the quality of the product. Of course, before ordering samples, it is important to check that the products in question have the right documentation to be placed on the European market. 

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Requirements for importing toys from China into Poland

Importing toys from China to Poland is a process that requires a number of requirements to be met. Product safety is the most important aspect that must be met. Toys must meet EU safety standards, which are among the most stringent in the world. All toys must be CE certified, which certifies that the product complies with EU safety requirements.

The second requirement concerns packaging. It must contain information such as the name and address of the manufacturer, information on the age of the child for whom the toy is intended and instructions for use and warnings. All this information must be available in Polish. 

Objects that are used for play by a child up to the age of 14 years are classified as toys - following Directive 2009/48/EC. 

All toys will therefore require CE marking and, consequently, appropriate documentation, i.e. a declaration of conformity, or other documents if the toy is subject to other standards. 

In addition, products must comply with harmonised standards, which vary according to the intended use and the age category in which the toy will be used. 

One of the norms is the standard: 

 EN 71-1 - mechanical and physical properties

However, if the product has a Declaration of Conformity and a CE declaration of conformity, the EN 71- 1 standard must then be complied with in order for the certification body to issue a CE certificate. 

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