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.
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.
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