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CBP Detroit Stops Another Shipment of Hazardous Toys

Release Date: 
March 8, 2012

DETROIT—On Feb. 28, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers in Detroit seized another shipment of Chinese made toys with high lead paint levels at a Centralized Examination Station (CES). Seventeen boxes of toys valued at $3,744 destined for Flint, Mich. were selected for review by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and examined by U.S. Customs and Border Protection.


CES toy seizure.



A similar shipment of toys going to Flint was seized on Jan. 24, of this year. Using this knowledge, CPSC inspectors requested that CBP detain the shipment for examination in Detroit. Samples of the toys were sent to a CPSC lab to specifically test the lead content in the paint. Chemical analysis determined that the lead levels exceeded limits in violation of CPSC regulations. The toys will be held pending re-exportation or destruction.

"CBP officers work closely with CPSC Inspectors to keep dangerous toys off store shelves," said Area Port Director Roderick Blanchard. "We will continue our efforts with the Consumer Product Safety Commission to stop unsafe imports from entering our country."

It is unlawful to import into the U.S. any children's product that contains lead with more than 90 parts per million of lead paint or more than 300 parts per million of total lead content.

Collaboration between CBP and CPSC protects the consumer from hazardous and dangerous imported products. For more information on CBP regulations, please visit the CBP or CPSC website.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017