For better control and protection…ensure your products will remain compliant in the marketplace.
Finding a reputable factory that not only has all the proper licenses, but keeps them valid, can be very tricky to find. You certainly don't want to sell the products of a manufacturer who lets their licenses lapse putting the products you buy from them at jeopardy in the U.S. marketplace. So if you're unsure about a factory's license status - or lack thereof, or you simply don't trust that they'll keep things up to date, there is an alternative -
In this case, a newly issued URN is shared exclusively between the manufacturer and the I/W/D/R. The licenses are applied for jointly in the states eliminating the need to submit two applications in most of the states. The licenses are mailed directly to the I/W/D/R.
This means two important things:
1) Renewal notices are sent to the I/W/D/R so you can be assured that the licenses will be maintained as long as your products from that manufacturer are being sold in the marketplace.
2) The manufacture CANNOT use that JOINT URN to manufacturer products for any other company to sell in the U.S. It is exclusive between the factory and the I/W/D/R.
When should I choose to obtain a Joint URN?
If the manufacturer does not have it’s licenses and is not willing to obtain registration.
You can’t get satisfactory information from the manufacturer about it’s licenses or lack of licenses.
You wish to prevent the manufacturer from having a URN to manufacture products for other U.S. companies (competitors).
You want to ensure that the licenses remain active for the life of the products in the marketplace without having to rely on the manufacturer to do so.
A Joint URN can be applied for with each manufacturer that an I/W/D/R buys from.
A joint URN can be assigned to a manufacturer even if they already have a URN.