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CPSC Adjusts Price of Cigarette Lighters Subject to Standard

The Consumer Product Safety Commission has amended the mandatory safety standard for disposable and novelty lighters to adjust the import value of disposable lighters. The standard defines disposable lighters as refillable lighters that use butane or similar fuels and have a customs value or ex-factory price below a threshold value. This value was initially set at US$2.00 in 1993 but must be adjusted to the nearest US$0.25 every five years to account for inflation. Due to an increase in the producer price index the customs value or ex-factory price for refillable lighters was recently adjusted from US$2.50 to US$2.75 and the CPSC’s final rule has incorporated that change to the standard, effective 3 December. Refillable lighters with a customs value or ex-factory price of US$2.75 or higher will continue to be excluded from the standard.

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