Shipping Sunglasses

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires shipments of nonprescription sunglasses include the “Drop Ball Test” certificate. This certificate confirms the safety and durability of the lens for impact resistance. Consumers, manufacturers, and sellers are required to test a batch of lenses prior to shipping them. The number of lenses tested for impact resistance within each batch or lot varies depending on material and type of lens being shipped. Records of the drop ball test must be maintained for a minimum of three years from the date of shipments for the FDA upon request.

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Shipping Textiles

When it comes to shipping textiles it is important to share the fabric content of your items. This is extremely important due to the Textile and Wool Acts enforced by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) as well as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services. The rulings of the textile and wool acts state that most products made of wool and textile must have a label listing the fiber content, the country of origin, and the identity of the manufacturer or another business responsible for marketing or handling the item. The FTC regularly makes amendments to these rules that legally require full cooperation.

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Shipping Electronics

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulates radio frequency devices contained in electronic/electrical products that are capable of emitting radio frequency energy by radiation, conduction, or other means. As a general rule, such products need to demonstrate FCC compliance through one of the applicable FCC Equipment Authorization (EA) procedures, i.e., Verification, Declaration of Conformity, or Certification. Electronic and electrical products that are marketed and used in the United States are required to be tested, documented, and managed for continued compliance. The approval procedure varies depending on the type of electrical device you have.

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An Introduction to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as it Relates to Your Shipment

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is a government agency whose mission is to protect, preserve, and enhance the existence of the Nation’s flora, fish, and wildlife. They implement conservation initiatives and enforce federal laws that allow them to fulfill their objectives. If an individual or company wants to engage with wildlife in an academic or commercial manner, they typically request a permit from this office or hire a third-party organization to obtain the legally required documents.

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