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Tablet computers with fake safety ratings seized

Posted: January 25, 2013 9:56 a.m.
Updated: January 25, 2013 9:56 a.m.

LOS ANGELES—U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers and import specialists assigned to the Los Angeles/Long Beach seaport complex seized 5,101 tablet computers containing electrical adapters with counterfeit ETL Listed Mark (ETL) and Underwriters Laboratories (UL) safety markings.

CBP officers discovered the infringing merchandise in a shipment arriving from China. The manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) is $898,328 with a domestic value (DV) of $691,745. Seized were 4,705 nine-inch and 396 seven-inch tablets with chargers.

“Of paramount importance, for CBP officers and import specialists is the protection of consumers, particularly when counterfeit electronic equipment may pose unsafe risks to the unsuspecting public,” said Todd C. Owen CBP Director of Field Operations in Los Angeles.

ETL and UL are independent product safety certification organizations which rigorously test and evaluate products for potential risk of fire, shock, and/or personal injury. Products are not certified until they meet established standards.

Products bearing counterfeit ETL and UL certification marks have not undergone such a testing and certification process, and can present potential safety hazards to the consumer. If forfeited, seized tablets and adapters will likely be destroyed.

In fiscal year 2011, electrical articles presenting potential safety or security risks, with an estimated domestic value of $10.2 million, represented 17% of all commodities seized by CBP nationwide.

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