Today, US ecommerce companies and Amazon sellers, import electronics directly from Chinese manufacturers – without even having a basic understanding of product safety requirements and liability.
Electronics are high risk products. Reports of unsafe lithium batteries and chargers are frequent.
A major reason for this is the lack of information on what US electronics importers must do to ensure compliance. Believe it or not, but for many electronic products, there are not even mandatory safety standards.
Hence, many believe that they don’t need to care about compliance when importing power banks, or any widget that comes with an AC adapter.
That is not the case.
If, or when, something goes wrong – you will be liable. If someone is injured, or if property is damaged, you might be looking at millions of dollars in losses. It’s game over.
Instead, Importers and Amazon sellers must rely on ‘voluntary standards’ from UL and ETL, that are ‘de facto’ mandatory. At least for anyone who want to sleep at night.
These things are complex, but absolutely essential.
Luckily, we have worked with Joey Kwok Deputy Manager of CMA Testing in Hong Kong, and a leading expert on US electronic product regulations.
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Joey, please tell us a bit about what you do at CMA Testing in Hong Kong
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