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CBP Officers Pull the Plug on Unsafe Trees

Release Date: 
July 27, 2012

Detroit - As part of a joint effort with investigators from the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers from the Port of Detroit targeted and seized three shipments of LED lighted trees after they were found to have undersized wiring and insufficient strain relief making them an electrical and flammability hazard. The total retail value of the trees was $9800.

The container, originating from China and destined for Michigan, arrived into the United States from Canada via commercial train at the International Falls Port of Entry on June 1. Upon arrival in Detroit, the shipment was examined by CBP officers who, in turn, sent product samples to the CPSC for analysis. A review of the samples by CPSC determined the products to be unsafe for the American consumer market.

"CBP officers work diligently to detect and prevent the importation of fraudulent merchandise that could cause serious injury to consumers," said Roderick Blanchard, Port Director.

CBP in Detroit continues to work with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Consumer Product Safety Commission and other enforcement agencies and organizations to combat the illegal import of counterfeit goods which pose significant health and safety dangers to the American public.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control, and protection of our Nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017