WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is seeking importers to participate in a six-month Beta Pilot stage of an eFiling initiative that will speed detection of violative consumer products while facilitating the importation of compliant trade. By allowing importers of regulated consumer products to file electronically (eFile) with CPSC and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) certain data elements from a certificate of compliance, this initiative can benefit consumers and companies alike.
“eFiling will expedite targeting of shipments that are putting people at risk, but at the same time, allow importers who have a good history of safety, to move their products more quickly through the ports,” said CPSC Chair Alex Hoehn-Saric.
TheConsumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA) requires importers of regulated consumer products to issue certificates of compliance with their product shipments. Currently, CPSC requests these certificates after a shipment has been identified or stopped for inspection at the port. When implemented, the eFiling program will help speed compliant imported goods through the nation’s ports by replacing the current process of providing certificate information associated with shipments with electronic filing that can be used in risk assessment. This means importers who use the eFiling system to provide accurate certificate information to CPSC will be less likely to have their shipments stopped at the ports for examination.
On June 10, 2022, CPSC published a federal register notice announcing the Beta Pilot stage of the eFiling initiative and seeking volunteer importers. The agency will consider applications to participate in the eFiling Beta Pilot test until it reaches the pilot’s capacity of 50 importers of all types and sizes. The findings of the pilot will be used by CPSC to inform rulemaking and to develop, test, and implement processes and procedures to eFile certificates.
CPSC held a successful public eFiling workshop on October 13, 2022. This discussion reinforced the importance of eFiling to the trade community at large and is the first of many opportunities for the industry to have its voice heard in this process. CPSC encourages any importers interested in helping support the next phase of this initiative to volunteer for the Beta Pilot by emailing email@example.com.
For more information on CPSC’s eFiling initiative, visit https://www.cpsc.gov/eFiling.
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