US Border Authorities stopped successfully millions of consumer products
US Border authorities and enhanced collaboration with CBP prevented between April to July 2012 the entry of 2811087 units of approximately 420 different types of violating and hazardous products to enter the US, nearly three times of the combined number of the previous two quarters
36 % of all units or 1025618 and 81 % of all products (341) stopped were toys and other children’s products, the remaining 64 % or 1785469 represented only 190 % of all products (79). By compari9son, a total of 838034 units of children’s products were sized at the border in the first half of 2012, compared to 177023 units of non children’s products.
An overwhelming 97.9 %, or 2364856 units of the totally sized 2414748 during April to July 2012 and specifically for violating a mandatory federal safety standard originated from China. Mere 1.4 % or 34125 were manufactured in Mexico and 0.4 percent or 10800 in Thailand and 0.1 % originated from Hong Kong. The most important violation was that the children’s products contained excessive lead (171 products, or 40.7 %). The failure to comply with the mandatory limits for phthalates, ranked second, with 54 products and were followed by 41 products, violating federal small part standards for children’s products, 37 products were violating fireworks and 26 products infringed certification requirements and 15 products did not comply with label requirements and 10 products did not fulfil safety rules (bike helmets). There were other types of violations involved in durable nursery products, bicycles, hair dryers, holiday lights, all terrain vehicles, portable electric lamps, mattresses, battery-operated toys, toys with straps and elastic, pacifiers, rattles, art materials, chemical hazards, lead in paint and crib registration cards.