U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers and Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) investigators reportedly seized shipments of nearly 24,000 toys on November 14, 2012, at a Jacksonville, Florida, port. According to a CBP news release, the toys contained levels of lead that exceed legal limits and had an estimated domestic value of almost $220,000. The toy shipments also evidently contained counterfeit products.
CBP Assistant Commissioner for International Trade Allen Gina said, “Ensuring the safety of imported merchandise is a top priority for CBP. The concerted targeting efforts of the Commercial Analysis and Targeting Center and the vigilance of CBP officers at our ports of entry ensure that toys are safe for children and their families.” According to Carol Cave, CPSC director of import surveillance, “We actively target hazardous children’s products throughout the year. Cutting edge joint programs, now in place with CBP, can give U.S. consumers more confidence that products on our shelves are safe.”