On Wednesday, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Champlain Port of Entry in New York seized two commercial shipments of children's clothing from China, the contents of which included pajamas which failed to meet flammability standards and girls' tops and dress which contained excessive amounts of lead. CBP says it has intercepted similar shipments from China earlier this year.
On January 28, CBP officers examined a shipment of girls’ dresses that were manufactured in China. Working in collaboration with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) a sample was provided for further testing. CPSC test results revealed that the sample contained excessive amounts of lead that are banned under the Federal Hazardous Substances Act. Subsequently, CBP seized the shipment totaling 42 tops and dresses with an MSRP value of more than $700.
In another shipment from early January, CBP officers examined children’s pajamas that were also manufactured in China in collaboration with CPSC. CPSC determined the products failed the flammability requirements under the Flammable Fabrics Act and recommended seizure.
CBP said the 77 children's pajamas seized on Wednesday have an MSRP value in excess of $1500.
"Our close working relationship with CPSC prevented extremely harmful clothing from entering the commerce and potentially prevented some serious health issues," Port Director Steven Bronson said in a statement.
It looks like the Wuhan coronavirus isn't the only harmful thing coming out of China these days.