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About the Office of Import Surveillance

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 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.

e-Commerce Assessment

The Office of Import Surveillance conducted an e-Commerce Assessment to forecast e-Commerce trends, understand the agency’s current capabilities relative to e-Commerce, and identify other stakeholder practices (including U.S. government agencies, foreign governments, and industry).


CPSC issues a Notice of Violation when there is a violation of a mandatory standard. These notices 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.

U.S. Government Notification Messaging at Import

This document describes CPSC’s participation in One U.S. Government Notification Messaging at Import.

Guidance to Industry on CPSC ACE DIS Use

The following guidance is to be referenced when documents are being asked to be provided on a shipment at the time of importation. It provides clear instructions to be sure that CPSC staff can retrieve documents out of the ACE DIS system.


eFiling is a CPSC initiative to enable importers of regulated consumer products to file electronically (eFile) with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) certain data elements from a certificate of compliance, via a Partner Government Agency (PGA) Message Set. Before implementation of eFiling, CPSC will conduct a Beta Pilot test in conjunction with CBP and up to 50 test participants. The Beta Pilot test is intended to inform rulemaking and allow CPSC to develop, test, and implement processes and procedures to eFile certificates for imported, regulated consumer products. To learn more, click here.

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