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2013 Consumer Product Imports - Frequently Asked Questions, Safety Academy 2013

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2013 Consumer Product Imports - Frequently Asked Questions, Safety Academy 2013

  1. 1. Frequently Asked Questions About Consumer Product Imports Panel 5 Carol Cave John Blachère Seattle Safety Academy 2013 Analysis dates cover 10/1/2011 to 9/4/2013, unless otherwise noted.
  2. 2. How Does CPSC Review Shipments at the Ports? Seattle Safety Academy 2013 Prior to Port At Port Commerce No Exam
  3. 3. Seattle Safety Academy 2013 Prior to Port At Port Commerce No Exam How Does CPSC Review Shipments at the Ports?
  4. 4. Seattle Safety Academy 2013 Prior to Port At Port Commerce No Exam How Does CPSC Review Shipments at the Ports?
  5. 5. Seattle Safety Academy 2013 Prior to Port At Port Commerce No Exam How Does CPSC Review Shipments at the Ports?
  6. 6. What is the Length of a Detention? How Often Does CPSC Detain Shipments? Seattle Safety Academy 2013 Shipments Estimated number of shipments eligible for examination* 2,000,000 Detentions 1,400 Detention Rate 0.070% Average Detention Time 13.4 days * - Entry data collection based upon pilot system product codes
  7. 7. What is the Length of a Detention? How Often Does CPSC Detain Shipments? Seattle Safety Academy 2013 • Detention time can be reduced by importers by responding promptly to CPSC and CBP when requests for information are made. • 99.93% of eligible shipments to the CPSC were not detained.
  8. 8. What Products are Being Detained? Seattle Safety Academy 2013 55% 14% 9% 3% 5% 14% Samples Toys Fireworks Clothing Holiday Light Sets Other Electrical Products All Others
  9. 9. How Did Shipments that CPSC Detained Enter the United States? Seattle Safety Academy 2013 6% 2% 6% 86% Samples Air Rail Truck Sea
  10. 10. How Often are Detained Shipments Found to be in Violation of a Regulation? Seattle Safety Academy 2013 Shipments Rate Violations Found 1,022 77% Violations that Required Seizure 622 61%* Correctable Shipments 400 39%* • At least one violation found. Multiple are possible. • 1,400 shipments detained October 1, 2011 to September 5, 2013. *- of violative shipments (1,022)
  11. 11. What Types of Violations are Seen at Import? Seattle Safety Academy 2013 Primary Shipments* Rate** Lead 472 34% Mechanical 206 15% Phthalates 113 8% Fireworks 92 7% Electrical 87 6% Chemical 36 3% Lighters 22 2% Flammability 19 1% Secondary Tracking Labels 534 38% Certificates 492 35% *- Shipments can have more than one violation type. **- 1,400 shipments detained October 1, 2011 to September 5, 2013.
  12. 12. What are Some of the Larger Seizures? • 1.5 million fireworks were seized at the port of Baltimore for overloaded pyrotechnics in June 2012. • 260,000 lighters were seized at the port of Newark in March 2011 . • 100,000 lighters were seized at the port of LA-Long Beach in August 2011 . • More recently, in July 2013, CBP seized 70,000 units of counterfeit consumer products valued at $3.9M at the port of Newark based upon targeting managed by CPSC. Seattle Safety Academy 2013
  13. 13. Is There a Linkage Between Health and Safety and Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Violations? • RAM Pilot Trends • Intellectual Property Center (Virginia) Seattle Safety Academy 2013
  14. 14. What is the General Concept Behind CPSC’s Pilot System for Risk Assessment? Integrates available risk information to model and support Commission enforcement strategy involving product hazards at importation. Potential sources of risk data include: –shipment (CBP) –case history (CPSC & CBP) –screening history (CPSC) –injury and death (CPSC) –commercial information (Third Party) Seattle Safety Academy 2013
  15. 15. What Improvements are Expected from CPSC’s Production System for Risk Assessment? Seattle Safety Academy 2013 • Higher rate of product hazard detection at import. • Higher volume of shipments sampled and detained annually at import. • Fewer shipments unnecessarily stopped • Reduced recalls of dangerous products in commerce. – In FY 2012, 3.6 million non-firework products were stopped from entering commerce. The number of shipments examined grew 190% over FY 2007 levels while increasing the violation rate by 25% over the same period.
  16. 16. What are the Societal Benefits to CPSC’s Production System for Risk Assessment? • Save Lives and Prevent Injuries • Facilitate Legitimate Trade • Minimize Costs for the Trade, Government Agencies and U.S. Customs • Proactively Monitor Compliance Seattle Safety Academy 2013
  17. 17. Other Questions • If I am an importer who brings in product that does not meet mandatory requirements, am I required to file a report with the Commission? • What is the agency policy with respect to enforcement of certificates at ports of entry? Seattle Safety Academy 2013

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