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Jan 12, 2017

US Customs & Border Protection Agency ruling gives I4F licensees approval to import 3L TripleLock and Click4U floor panels into the USA

  • 4F technologies, 3L TripleLock and Click4U, completely free from competitors’ ITC General Exclusion Orders 
  • Products incorporating 3L TripleLock and Click4U manufactured under I4F licenses approved for import into the USA

WILLEMSTAD, CURAÇAO – Innovations4Flooring (I4F), a technology company providing flooring installation solutions, today announced that the US Customs & Border Protection Agency has ruled that products manufactured under I4F’s licenses, and including the 3L Triplelock and Click4U locking mechanisms, may be imported into the United States of America. The ruling stipulates that I4F’s 3L TripleLock and Click4U technologies are not subject to any of Unilin’s current International Trade Commission (ITC) General Exclusion Orders (GEO).

With immediate effect, this ruling frees I4F producers and importers from all obligations linked to Unilin’s 2006 GEO for certain laminate flooring (Investigation No. 337-TA-545) requiring all goods to feature a holographic label from Unilin or Välinge in order to enter the US market.

I4F licensees will receive details on the process and tools required to enable them to align with this US Customs ruling and to import their goods using I4F technologies into the USA.

John Rietveldt, “This is excellent news for our customers and the industry as it means that approved I4F licensees are now permitted to import products using our Click4U and 3L TripleLock locking technologies into the USA. The decision will further accelerate the strong market position of our easy to install one piece drop-lock system, which is fast becoming the industry standard. This latest US Customs ruling reconfirms previous freedom-to-operate reports and provides global flooring manufacturers with the “all clear” signal to switch their flooring production to our technologies.”

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