WASHINGTON—U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers and Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) investigators seized multiple shipments containing nearly 24,000 toys which exceeded the legal limits for lead in the area port of Jacksonville, Florida November 14. In addition to the safety violations, various counterfeit toys were also discovered. The total domestic value for the shipments was estimated to be nearly $220,000.
"Ensuring the safety of imported merchandise is a top priority for CBP," said Allen Gina, CBP's assistant commissioner for international trade. "The concerted targeting efforts of the Commercial Analysis and Targeting Center and the vigilance of CBP officers at our ports of entry ensures that toys are safe for children and their families and add to the joy of the holiday season as intended."
CBP works closely with CPSC to identify potentially unsafe shipments to check at ports of entry to ensure the safety of imported toys. CPSC has established permanent staffing at the CTAC in Washington and is working with CBP at select ports to stop unsafe imports from entering the U.S.
"We actively target hazardous children's products throughout the year," said CPSC Director of Import Surveillance Carol Cave. "Cutting edge joint programs, now in place with CBP, can give U.S. consumers more confidence that products on our shelves are safe."
The CTAC combines resources and personnel from various government agencies to protect the American public from harm caused by unsafe imported products. The center accomplishes this through better communication, information-sharing and by reducing redundant inspection activities.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection 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.