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Third North America Consumer Product Safety Summit Held in Mexico

Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The Consumer Product Safety Commission, Health Canada and Mexico’s Consumer Protection Federal Agency (PROFECO) held the third North America Consumer Product Safety Summit Nov. 18-19 in Mexico City. The summit, which was also attended by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials, reviewed ongoing efforts to protect young children from dangerous and illegal toys, oversee product supply chains and timely respond to emerging product hazards. The trilateral vision for creating a safer marketplace for consumers across the continent includes strong safety standards that are enforced, inspections at import, and an emphasis on quality safety manufacturing overseas.

Cynthia Whittenburg, executive director of the Office of Trade Policy and Programs for CBP’s Office of International Trade, indicated that the summit offered an opportunity to the enforcement and import safety agencies of the U.S., Canada and Mexico to “create a foundation to strengthen our efforts towards working together in combatting the entry of unsafe goods into our markets.”

CBP highlighted at the summit its ongoing collaborative efforts with the CPSC through the Commercial Targeting and Analysis Center, as well as other trade initiatives such as the advancement of the International Trade Data System, the implementation progress of the Automated Commercial Environment, and the deployment of the single window for all U.S. import and export requirements. CBP also discussed plans to hold in Mexico early next year a similar event to the July 2015 U.S.-Canada Table Top Import Safety Exercise. 

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