Any company involved in the importation, distribution or sales of bedding & upholstered furniture products are considered to be the Importer/Wholesaler/Distributor/Retailer of the products and are required to have a license for such activities.
Importer registration is required in the following 7 states. Registration is not required in all 7 states for all types of products. For example - TX does not require registration for upholstered furniture products.
Importers DO NOT GET URNs. Only manufacturers can obtain a URN.
A state will not issue an importer license to a company if the manufacturer is not registered in that state. When applying, the company must provide a copy of the manufacturer URN license as proof that the manufactuer is registered.
A license in CA, CT, MA, OH & TX will allow the I/W/D to sell the products of any registered manufacturer in that state.
DET & VA require an I/W/D to obtain a separate license for EACH registered manufacturer it sells the products of.
To register as an I/W/D, there are some things to consider:
1) Does the manufacturer of the products have the required licenses in the required states before you attempt to register your company as the I/W/D?
One way to know is simply to ask the manufacturer. But don’t take their word for it - ask them to send you copies of each state license as proof. This is not out of line.
2) If all of the licenses are in place, can you trust the manufacturer to maintain the licenses from expiring?
If the manufacturer lets any of it’s licenses expire while your products are in the marketplace, they are subject to violation if they are discovered by a state inspector. YOU will be responsible for these fines for any tags or registration in violation.