Customs intensifies checks of fidget spinners
Trend toy fidget spinner. Source: X-tra BooX GmbH
The fidget spinner is currently a hot topic. The enthusiasm for the finger gyro has no limits. ILNAS (Luxembourg market surveillance authority) has even declared it a trend toy. According to the company X-tra BooX, there are now considerable delays in delivery of the fidget spinner through customs. There must be a "CE" mark on each product or package. The manufacturer or importer must be named. The Maintal-based promotional product specialist also advises that the warnings "Not suitable for children under 3 years" as well as "Keep out of reach of small children" must also be displayed. Even if all these features were fulfilled, the quality could be checked by the customs authorities as to whether small parts could come loose and/or the supplier actually has a CE certificate and has not just printed it on the product or package. Thousands of consignments have already been confiscated by customs or set aside for checking.
X-tra BooX therefore recommends checking the quality of the offered products and ensuring that the manufacturer has a CE certification for this product, the products are manufactured according to EN 71 and the products or packaging comply with the guidelines of ILNAS. "It took us a lot of time and money before we found Chinese manufacturers who could prove that they actually have the necessary certificates specifically for these fidget spinners and not just any fidget spinner," says Volker Riedel, Managing Director of X-tra BooX. www.xtraboox.com