Through the efforts of an interagency collaboration, US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers and Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) investigators seized more than 200,000 toy dolls arriving from China due to high levels of a group of banned chemical compounds.

According to, the ten shipments, valued at nearly $500,000, were seized at the ports of Chicago, IL, Dallas, TX, Los Angeles, CA, Norfolk, VA, Memphis TN, Newark, NJ, Portland, OR, and Savannah GA. The toy parts contained high levels of phthalates, a potential safety risk to the public, especially children.

The Import Safety Commercial Targeting and Analysis Center (CTAC), designed to streamline and enhance federal efforts to address import safety issues, had been tracking these shipments since April 2013, due to the potential threat.  “Using advanced technology to track certain shipments before they reach our shores is helping CPSC better protect America’s consumers,” said CPSC Chairman Inez Tenenbaum. “CPSC and CBP are working in partnership to detect and detain violative imports.” CTAC’s efforts, in conjunction with the actions of CBP and CPSA, stopped more than 1.1 million unsafe products in the 2012 Fiscal Year alone.

The Toy Industry Association (TIA) Executive Vice President, Ed Desmond states, “[TIA] commends CBP and CPSC for their diligence and hard work at the ports to ensure that products violating strict federal safety laws never reach consumers.”

You can access the full article, including video, images and testing results, here.

This interagency collaboration is a great example of the One US Government at the Border initiative.  To hear more about the One US Government at the Border initiative, join Integration Point & CBP for a free, educational webcast on December 11, 2013.  More information and registration for the webcast can be accessed here.