CPSC’s Office of Import Surveillance (EXIS) works closely with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to identify and examine imported shipments of consumer products. As part of this effort, EXIS has co-located investigators at many of the largest ports of entry who work side-by-side with CBP staff. EXIS also works to educate importers, manufacturers, and Customs brokers on CPSC’s standards and procedures.
The Director of CPSC Import Surveillance Carol Cave and CBP's Jeremy Baskin used this presentation in a discussion about consumer product imports, import detention and destruction policies.
CPSC issues Letters of Advice when there is a violation of a mandatory standard. These letters advise companies of the violation and of the nature of the necessary corrective action, which may include a recall, stop sale, or correction of production.
A recording of the public meeting on the eFiling Alpha Pilot Adult Wearing Apparel Exemption - Disclaimer Options (April 13th 2016)Watch Video
A demo of the eFiling Product Registry (February 25th, 2016) Watch Video
The draft CATAIR implementation guide can be reviewed here.
Business Rules for the CPSC eFiling Alpha Pilot define the data acceptance of data in the CPSC CATAIR Implementation Guide:
The HTS codes for which electronic filing is sought in the eFiling Alpha Pilot can be reviewed here:
This document provides an overview of the eFiling Product Registry:
CPSC eFiling Product Registry - Overview
These documents describe the design for a public REST service for updating product data in the CPSC eFiling Product Registry application:
eFiling Product Registry Update Service Pilot System Design Overview
eFiling Product Registry Update Service Design PowerPoint
About 8.2 million units that violated U.S. safety rules or were found to be defective stopped in 3rd and 4th quarters.
State-of-the-art risk assessment methodology allowed CPSC to protect consumers from 6.1 million units of products that violated U.S. safety rules or that were found to be defective in the first and second quarters of fiscal year 2013.
Fourth quarter import surveillance totals kept pace with those of the third quarter, with about 5,900 products screened and about 410 identified as being noncompliant with CPSC’s safety rules.
The number of products stopped at the ports in the 3rd quarter of FY2012 was nearly three times the amount stopped in the previous two quarters combined.
CPSC investigators prevented more than half a million violative and hazardous imported products from reaching the hands of consumers in the first quarter of fiscal year 2012.
CPSC port investigators identified and stopped more than 300 different consumer products that violated U.S. safety rules or were found to be hazardous, including children's toys and sleepwear, fireworks and mattresses.
Stepped up efforts by CPSC to be more proactive have resulted in hundreds of millions of violative or dangerous units of products being stopped at U.S. ports and prevented from ever reaching the hands of consumers.
Rules Requiring a General Certificate of Conformity
General Certificate of Conformity
Sample General Certificate of Conformity (GCC)
Rules Requiring Third-Party Testing and a Children's Product Certificate
Sample Children’s Product Certificate (CPC)
Children's Product Certificate
Tracking Information for Children's Products