CPSC’s Office of Import Surveillance (EXIS) works closely with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to identify and examine imported shipments of consumer products. As part of this effort, EXIS has co-located investigators at many of the largest ports of entry who work side-by-side with CBP staff. EXIS also works to educate importers, manufacturers, and Customs brokers on CPSC’s standards and procedures.
The Director of CPSC Import Surveillance Carol Cave and CBP's Jeremy Baskin used this presentation in a discussion about consumer product imports, import detention and destruction policies.
CPSC issues Letters of Advice when there is a violation of a mandatory standard. These letters advise companies of the violation and of the nature of the necessary corrective action, which may include a recall, stop sale, or correction of production.
Stepped up efforts by CPSC to be more proactive have resulted in hundreds of millions of violative or dangerous units of products being stopped at U.S. ports and prevented from ever reaching the hands of consumers.
CPSC port investigators identified and stopped more than 300 different consumer products that violated U.S. safety rules or were found to be hazardous, including children's toys and sleepwear, fireworks and mattresses.
CPSC investigators prevented more than half a million violative and hazardous imported products from reaching the hands of consumers in the first quarter of fiscal year 2012.
The number of products stopped at the ports in the 3rd quarter of FY2012 was nearly three times the amount stopped in the previous two quarters combined.
Fourth quarter import surveillance totals kept pace with those of the third quarter, with about 5,900 products screened and about 410 identified as being noncompliant with CPSC’s safety rules.
State-of-the-art risk assessment methodology allowed CPSC to protect consumers from 6.1 million units of products that violated U.S. safety rules or that were found to be defective in the first and second quarters of fiscal year 2013.
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