April 16, 2021

Consumer Product Safety Commission Holds for Customs Entries

Several importers and the trade industry have been receiving an electronic message after cargo release has been sent relating to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) on the Automated Broker Interface System.

The HTS numbers that could potentially flag a CPSC review can be found in this link. Items regulated by CPSC include, but are not limited to: cosmetics, liquid nicotine, drywall, fireworks, children and baby products, mattresses, bicycles & accessories, batteries, hairdryers, power cords, holiday lights, generators, lighters, chemical sets, and rugs. For a complete list, please visit this page.

As a reminder, the Consumer Product Safety Commission can hold an entry for examination and/or issue a request for specific documents to be uploaded on DIS (Document Imaging System).

The CPSC may issue an ‘under review’ message for an entry containing any of the HTS numbers in the link listed above. The ‘under review’ messages will not stop cargo at the point of entry, but if CPSC issues a hold for an exam, the trade community will receive an ‘intensive exam’ or ‘hold intact’ message on ABI.

Once the shipment is reviewed and cleared by CPSC, a “May Proceed” message will appear on ABI. Under CPSC’s Frequently Asked Questions in the following link. Expected timeframes could take 8 business hours for air and truck shipments, and 16 business hours for ocean shipments.

For any questions relating to the above, please reach out the Crane Trade Advisory team at CWTSConsulting@craneww.com.

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