Last week, ICPHSO’s Association Manager (Kimber Nation) and I, went to Seattle, Washington to participate in an ICPHSO Northwest Event. We also conducted a number of hotel site visits in anticipation that our 2018 Regional Product Safety Training Workshop will take place in the Seattle, Washington area next June. Below is Association Manager Kimber Nation’s report of the Northwest region event:
On July 27, 2017, the International Consumer Product Health and Safety Organization (ICPHSO) hosted a tour of the Seattle port and the warehouse where officers from Customs and Border Protection (CBP) inspect incoming cargo. Forty-two individuals from the Northwest area participated in this members-only event. Attendees met with CBP officers to review the process for accepting incoming cargo.
Each year, more than 11 million containers arrive at US seaports. CBP is responsible for knowing what is inside, whether it poses a risk to the American people, and ensuring that all proper revenues are collected. CBP works with other government agencies including the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), to help increase security and safeguard the world’s trade industry.
At the Seattle port, ICPHSO attendees watched CBP officers use hi-tech electronic screening equipment to look inside containers without entering them,
then access and physically inspect the contents of containers.
At the Customs Examination Station (CES) warehouse, agents demonstrated their inspection techniques to ensure shipments do not contain illegal or potentially dangerous goods.
Members of the tour included representatives from the CPSC Import Surveillance Division who regularly work with CPB to inspect cargo to determine if it is safe for use by American citizens. This includes testing for lead, radiation, and other hazardous chemicals, and to ensure that products meet all US safety regulations.
Shuttle busses and morning refreshments were provided by ICPHSO member Starbucks. This event is part of a pilot program to bring education, training, and networking opportunities to local Northwest members who may not be able to travel to one of the three annual ICPHSO symposium events. Check our website for future ICPHSO regional events.