What is HS Code and how are they classified?
What is HS Code and how are they classified? 150 150 Kelsey

HS Code stands for Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System is a standardized international system that determines products that are traded globally. Traded products are required to have an HS code that matches the Harmonized Tariff Schedule from the country it was imported from.  Without the HS code, products cannot be imported or exported internationally.

The Harmonized System places approximately 5,000 commodity groups into simple six-digit code, which is broken down into 21 Harmonized System sections, 96 Harmonized System chapters, and even thousands of headings. The exceptional chapters are chapter 77, 98, 99 that is limited to national use. The heading tells us the category focused on any chapters.

The sub-headings are the last two digits of the HS Code that is specify in categorizing sub-products. For instance, decaf is “0901.22” and coffee beans are “0901.21” and instant coffee would be under heading 21. The range is very much not the same and this tends to happen with a lot of products. Extra digits are for countries with very specific identifications (with an additional 2-4 digits).

How 301 Tariff is affecting the paper industry:
How 301 Tariff is affecting the paper industry: 150 150 Kelsey

Section 301 is part of the Trade Act of 1974 where it allows the President to take actions to remove any act, policy, and practice from foreign government with unfair foreign barriers to the U.S. exports. If by any reason the United State Trade Representative seeks an investigation involving Section 301, it must be negotiable with foreign countries with compensation/ getting rid of trade barriers.

One major impact on 301 Tariff affecting the paper industry is the cash flow due to money spent in paying for tariff. The money only gets reimbursed when companies are able to increase prices on clients. Some paper companies are holding onto tariffed inventories longer than expected because of slower sales. Many small private companies in the paper industry are suffering from Section 301 Tariffs from China and trying to stay competitive at the same time.

This is also causing companies in the paper industry to evaluate carefully on how products are being identify and their product designs. For instance, minor changes in paper products design can lead small tariff adjustments and unwanted tariffs.

What is Proposition 65 and Proposition 65’s Testing Requirements:
What is Proposition 65 and Proposition 65’s Testing Requirements: 150 150 Kelsey

Proposition 65 makes it mandatory for every business to give warning labels to people in California about exposures to various chemicals that causes cancer, birth defects, and other reproductive harm. This became the law when it was approved in November 1986, when the vote was 63 to 37% rate. Proposition 65 is applicable to every consumer good sold in the state, which means this effect all the domestic manufactures, and its retailers.

Businesses are required to provide a clear warning before exposing others to listed chemicals. The warning signs can be labeled on the consumer product, posted at work places, and newspapers.

Some items that are required for testing are cases for cosmetics, laptops, wallets and organizers. Also clothing, electric products, eyewear/ eyeglasses, food/ food contact products, premium & decorative items. Additionally, jewelry, stationery, journals and planners. Here at Gala Deluxe, all our packaging and products are proposition 65 approved.

Food Grade Box Packaging:
Food Grade Box Packaging: 150 150 Kelsey

With over 15 years experience in the packaging industry, we at Gala Deluxe are known for custom boxes, retail packaging, and luxury retail packaging. One of our many specialties is food grade packaging, especially for chocolates, macaroons, teas, and coffees.

Our food grade box packaging is printed with soy-based inks so you do not need to worry about toxic substances. Using rigid boxes for chocolates can make a huge difference at retail, providing an elevated aesthetic with luxury packaging.

Utilizing foiling for logos and boarders on custom packaging is minimalistic yet looks high end at the same time. Having your own customized package is one of the best ways to stand out, especially when you are a startup or small business trying to get noticed.

When it comes to food packaging at retail, it is critical to come up with an eye-catching logo and package design. Here, at Gala Deluxe we have our own in-house designers that can assist clients with graphic layouts.

We at Gala DeLuxe also specialize in consolidating shipments from the factory in China to our Los Angeles warehouse. This reduces shipping cost and provides faster transit. Whether you are looking for food grade packaging, custom boxes, retail packaging, or luxury packaging, Gala Deluxe can do it all.

What are the Pros and Cons of Soy Based Ink?
What are the Pros and Cons of Soy Based Ink? 150 150 Kelsey

Some people are skeptical about the use of soy-based ink, though soy-based ink is being used more often now. There are actually a lot of pros using soy-based ink, one pro is that it is easier to remove from paper, which means the paper will be less damaged when de-inking. Using soy-based ink on color printing results in more vibrant effects. Soy-based ink can also be reusable when mixing black ink with unused color inks.

Another major pro of soy-based ink is that it minimizes the cost and paper waste. Soy-based ink is very beneficial as it is more user friendly on older printing equipment’s. Here, at Gala Deluxe we use non-smell glue with no lead, soy-based ink that is FDA approved (which is perfect for chocolate and other elidable sweets).

Now that we have mentioned the pros of soy-based ink, here comes the con: soy-based ink takes longer to dry which is more likely to increase risk of the ink rubbing off. Soy-based ink for black ink has a slightly higher cost compared to petroleum-based ink. Metals zinc and barium found on the white and red inks can be toxic if it is not removed properly.

Over all, soy-based ink has more pros than cons as it is perfect to use for food packaging and it requires less work to transition from dark to light colored ink when printing. Gala Deluxe uses a five-color offset printing machine for production which means more accurate color matching. This is perfect for those that are seeking for luxury or simple packaging for the food or any other industry at a great price.

What are the Pros and Cons of Soy Based Ink?
What are the Pros and Cons of Soy Based Ink? 150 150 Kelsey

Some people are skeptical about the use of soy-based ink, though soy-based ink is being used more often now. There are actually a lot of pros using soy-based ink, one pro is that it is easier to remove from paper, which means the paper will be less damaged when de-inking. Using soy-based ink on color printing results in more vibrant effects. Soy-based ink can also be reusable when mixing black ink with unused color inks.

Another major pro of soy-based ink is that it minimizes the cost and paper waste. Soy-based ink is very beneficial as it is more user friendly on older printing equipment’s. Here, at Gala Deluxe we use non-smell glue with no lead, soy-based ink that is FDA approved (which is perfect for chocolate and other elidable sweets).

Now that we have mentioned the pros of soy-based ink, here comes the con: soy-based ink takes longer to dry which is more likely to increase risk of the ink rubbing off. Soy-based ink for black ink has a slightly higher cost compared to petroleum-based ink. Metals zinc and barium found on the white and red inks can be toxic if it is not removed properly.

Pros and Cons of Collapsible Rigid Boxes & Are they right for your business?
Pros and Cons of Collapsible Rigid Boxes & Are they right for your business? 150 150 Kelsey

Many people have questions about collapsible rigid boxes and if it is right for their business. A collapsible rigid box is a type of rigid cardboard box that can be fold-able. There are many pros of a collapsible rigid box, one major pro is that since this type of box is fold-able, it makes shipping a lot easier.

Collapsible rigid boxes are durable, simple yet it can still look high-end with a magnetic closing. Adding a ribbon on the top can not only act as a closing but a bag handle as well. This is perfect for high-end products such as hand bags or anything fashion related. Gala deluxe is very experience with collapsible rigid boxes as we have done some various cosmetic products and for Gladys Tamez Millnery.

We can even include custom print and design for your labels, with different options your business can choose from on what is best for you. Adding silver or gold foiling for your logo print can also add a high-end finishing touch to it for luxury branding.

On the other hand, the con of a collapsible rigid box is that people worry that it will not last as long when you keep folding it and does not close well after a while. The shipping cost might also be more and takes longer to produce. All in all, collapsible rigid boxes are suitable for your business if you would like a unique and upscale packaging for your brand.

Natural Products Expo 2019
Natural Products Expo 2019 150 150 Kelsey

Gala Deluxe attended the annual Natural Products Expo at the Anaheim Convention Center from 3/6-3/8. Gala Deluxe has done various packaging for different chocolate companies. Many people that visited our booth were particularly interested in chocolate packaging. We can help clients with customization on wrappers and designs on chocolate box holder.

Vivel Patisserie: Hinged Cuff Box with Rose Gold Interior
Vivel Patisserie: Hinged Cuff Box with Rose Gold Interior

We have done some luxury packaging for food related packaging such as candies and macaroon boxes. The macaroon boxes Gala Deluxe designed for Bottega Louie is always an attention grabber whenever we bring them to trade shows. Like Bottega Louie, our chocolate boxes holders are made with the highest amount of care and quality. The macaroon and chocolate box holders can be made from our rigid box that is very sturdy and luxurious. 

Bottega Louie: Variety of pastel colored rigid boxes for macroons and desserts
Bottega Louie: Pastel Purple macaroon box with gold foiling printed graphics

Gala Deluxe has had extensive work in food packaging; an example of this is in our use of non-scented glue, which has no lead and print with soy-based ink that is FDA approved. Using soy-based ink is a safe alternative and excellent for food packaging. Another benefit about soy-based ink is that the color printing is more vibrant. This will be discussed more in another blog post soon so stay tuned!

Luxe Pack LA 2019
Luxe Pack LA 2019 150 150 Kelsey

Gala Deluxe had the opportunity to participate in the Luxe Pack Convention in Los Angeles just last week (2/27-2/28). Our company has been in the packaging industry for 15 years, and we have had experience in a variety of industries such as food, toys, cosmetic jewelry, electronics, stationery packaging, and so much more.

During the convention, people that stopped by our booth loved the magnetic business card holder we were giving away. The business card holder has customized foiling with our brand and logo on it. This black little box is simple, small, chic, yet useful at the same time. The Gladys Tamez Millnery folding rigid box was also very eye catching to many people as it was big and sturdy. There is a silky black ribbon as a handle that closes the box. The box was also designed to be compact and fold-able. The advantage of it being fold-able is that clients get more quantity with a lower shipping cost. 

There were many people looking for rigid boxes and luxury packaging at the convention, which we provide and allow customization to your liking. We have our own in-house designer to assist clients with their graphics layout from subscription boxes to luxury packaging for various products.

Check out our New Gala de Luxe Sample Box!
Check out our New Gala de Luxe Sample Box! 150 150 Kelsey

Most people make new year’s resolution for the New Years, but how many people actually follow through? The answer is that less than 25% of people stick to their resolutions after a month, with only 8% achieving their goals.

As for businesses, achieving their business goals is far much higher. Businesses usually set goals such as increasing sales and customer satisfactions. Fortunately, with our new Gala de Luxe sample box, we can help existing and new customers to achieve their goals. We can also help new customers to gain awareness and for their business to grow. Additionally, Gala de Luxe can produce everything related to paper products, such as paper bags, folding boxes, notebooks, and anything related to luxury packaging.


The sample box is a useful guide to help business figure out what type of packaging they want. This includes a sample swatch, sliding box, corrugated box, business card holder, and a magnetic box. The sample box also includes our popular rigid box that is good for beauty related product, jewelry, and candles. Our luxury packaging boxes can also include foiling printed on the box specialized with your brand name and logo.

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