Author: Belma Mavruk

Trending Toys in 2012 – Report from the 109th International Toy Fair

The 109th International Toy Fair arranged by the Toy Industry Association was held at Jacob Javits Center in New York last week.  TIA is a not for profit trade association for producers and importers of toys and youth entertainment products sold in North America. This is the biggest Toy Show in Northern Hemisphere. As duty called, I attended the toy fair and all right yes, it is one of my favorite trade shows, apart from the dynamic atmosphere which I love about the fairs, for some reason I walk faster to this one. Before it starts I love passing by...

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Child Labor Today Around the World

Have you ever thought about the people who have been a part of the manufacturing of the products you use? Especially the child labor. If it was not for Lewis Hines, I do not think we would have a clear picture of the conditions the children worked in the factories in US a hundred years ago. He used to go into the mills with the permission to take the pictures of the machines, eventually he left us the invaluable and concrete pieces of times when little children were besides those machines. That was America one hundred years ago. Today...

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Wood Packaging Material – Why The Hazard?

There are a numbers of steps that importers and exporters must take before starting the process of shipping their goods. One very important and sometimes overlooked step is using the right packaging; especially if the goods are being packed with wooden materials. In September 2005, the US government announced that all wood packaging materials (WPM) coming into the country must be heat treated or fumigated with Methyl Bromide. Ever since then, importers that did not follow this rule have had to bear the consequences. The purpose of this implementation is to protect plants of the country and the world. The...

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