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AGA Targets Shipping Regulations

The American Gaming Association has released a research report meant to kick off an effort to streamline complex and costly regulations related to gaming machine shipping practices.

The report, titled “Streamlining Shipping: Recommendations for Regulatory Reform,” offers solutions to the problems of the current regulatory system, which, it says, creates daunting complexities for both gaming businesses and industry regulators.

The research, compiled by an AGA task force of compliance experts and former regulators, is being distributed to industry regulators throughout the country and around the world.

“These modest but significant reforms to shipping rules achieve the balance of making it more efficient for our companies to do business while maintaining the integrity of the industry,” said Geoff Freeman, president and CEO of the AGA. “Meeting the concerns of regulators and adding efficiency to business operations will make our already-good system even better; it propels our industry forward by alleviating unnecessary burdens on manufacturers, operators and regulators.”

Currently in North America, 365 individual jurisdictions apply different sets of regulations, which fill more than 1,000 pages and create a scenario in which 1.5 million different combinations of regulatory requirements can apply to the shipment of a single gaming machine today.

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