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CBP Not Playing Around with Excessive Lead

Release Date: 
July 26, 2013


Set of playground binoculars seized by CBP and CPSC

Set of playground binoculars seized by CBP and CPSC

U.S. Customs and Border Protection's (CBP) Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the port of Detroit, in a joint effort with the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), targeted and seized two shipments of playground equipment and accessories after lab analysis found that they contained high levels of lead.

The first shipment, of playground accessories, originated from China with a final destination of Minneapolis, Minn. CBP in Detroit placed a "hold" on the container to determine if the toys were safe under CPSC regulations. The container arrived via railway and was examined at the Centralized Examination Station (CES). Samples from the shipment were sent to CPSC for chemical analysis where they were ruled unsafe for the American consumer market. The playground accessories contained an excessive amount of lead that violates federal safety standards. The total declared value for the playground accessories is $1,550.

Playground systems seized by CBP and CPSC

Playground systems seized by CBP and CPSC

The second shipment, manifested as playground systems, also originated in China, and was destined for Canton, Mich. Similar to the above shipment, CBP in Detroit placed the container on "hold," which arrived via railway for examination at the CES. The vinyl playground equipment was seized by CBP as CPSC deemed the shipment unsafe for the American consumer market. The total declared value is $4,691.

The concerted targeting efforts of CPSC and the vigilance of CBP officers at our ports of entry ensure that toys are safe for children," said Roderick Blanchard, port director for the port of Detroit. "Ensuring the safety of imported merchandise is a priority for CBP."

The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 requires importers to test and certify that imports of children's products are in compliance with CPSC requirements. It is unlawful to import into the U.S. any children's product that contains more than 90 parts per million of lead paint or more than 100 parts per million of total lead content. These are some of the lowest lead limits in the world.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission is one of many federal agencies whose rules and regulations are supported and enforced by CBP as goods enter the country at ports of entry around the country.

Last modified: 
February 8, 2017