A lot of our China sourcing customers contact us with intentions of having Bluetooth products made and imported. The problem with this is that a lot of them don’t realize Bluetooth’s strict licensing and listing fees. Bluetooth is a technology, and in order to use it in a component and to advertise that you are using it, fees and proper licensing will always apply.
Your products will get seized at customs and you may have to pay a fine. It is that simple. Bluetooth recently changed their certificate terms, and because of this, customs is getting more and more strict with finding violators and seizing their goods.
Even if you are able to get your goods through customs, anyone can report you to Bluetooth for not having the proper documentation or listing requirements and face the legal repercussion.
I’m going to educate you on the necessary requirements that need to be taken into consideration so you can determine whether or not Bluetooth is a technology you want to implement into your next product.
Bluetooth’s directions online are a bit confusing as they are complex and involve multiple steps. I’ve simplified them below.
Bluetooth SIG now offers an Innovation Incentive Program for small and medium sized businesses. To qualify for this, your business must earn less than one million USD in annual revenue. If you qualify, the listing fee is discounted from $8,000 to $2,500. More information about this can be found on Bluetooth’s website, here.
“My factory says they have a Bluetooth licensed certification.”
We see this a lot with factories. Most factories will get a licensed certificate of the chipset. They either do this by registering it themselves, producing a fake certificate, or asking another factory for the certification.
Just because a supplier gives you a .pdf file with this certificate, it does not mean your Bluetooth product is certified. US Customs is cracking down, and while this was an acceptable way to get Bluetooth products through customs last year, it is no longer the case.
Even if a factory provides a Bluetooth licensed certificate for the chipset, you still have to get the certificate licensed under your name.