CBP seizes $900,000 worth of tablet computers with falsified safety markings


U.S. officials intercepted a Chinese shipment of more than 5,000 tablet computers containing electrical adapters with counterfeit safety markings, Customs and Border Protection announced Jan. 25. The retail value of the shipment would be $898,328, CBP says.

The seizure, made by CBP officers and import specialists assigned to the Los Angeles/Long Beach seaport complex, included 4,705 nine-inch and 396 seven-inch tablets containing electrical adapters with counterfeit ETL Testing Laboratories and Underwriters Laboratories certification marks. 

The products from China were not certified by ETL and UL, independent product safety certification organizations that test and evaluate electronic components for potential risk of fire, shock, and personal injury. As a result, the seized tablets and adapters presented potential safety hazards to consumers and will likely be destroyed.

CBP in fiscal year 2011 seized electrical articles with potential safety or security risks worth an estimated $10.2 million, representing 17 percent of the agency's commodity seizures nationwide.

For more:
- read CBP press release

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