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Old 09-07-2013, 05:48 AM #1
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Default FDA Seeks CBP Help in Cracking Down on Illegal Laser Product Imports

From: FDA Seeks CBP Help in Cracking Down on Illegal Laser Product Imports: STR & STTAS International Trade and Customs

"FDA Seeks CBP Help in Cracking Down on Illegal Laser Product Imports
Thursday, August 22, 2013
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The Food and Drug Administration has asked U.S. Customs and Border Protection for its help in preventing the delivery and distribution of illegal handheld laser pointers by monitoring small packages that could contain them. Specifically, the FDA is requesting that CBP notify it of all importations of visible and non-visible laser products, including laser pointers, laser gun sights, laser levels, laser light shows, laser pointer key chains, veterinary laser products, laser illuminators and similar products, including those entered as “section 321” or informal entries.

According to the letter, FDA regulations limit the energy output of handheld laser pointers to less than five milliwatts and require them to be labeled as Class IIIa. However, the FDA has observed a number of laser pointer shipments entering the U.S. via courier hubs and international mail facilities, mostly in small, personal use-sized shipments that are often misdeclared or labeled as party lights, toys, flashlights, etc. The FDA suspects that these shipments contain laser pointers that exceed the 5 mW limit and are designed to avoid regulatory requirements that the importer submit information on each shipment to CBP and the FDA and affirm that the products they are importing comply or do not comply with federal performance standards.

In light of the potential health concerns associated with laser pointers, the letter states, it is important that they undergo FDA admissibility review at the time of importation. If a given shipment meets all applicable requirements, the FDA will release it. If not, the products will be detained by the FDA and, unless the requirements are met, refused admission into the U.S. The letter notes that importations of this type do not meet the FDA's criteria for enforcement discretion for personal importation."

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"The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is asking U.S. Customs and Border Protection to notify it of all importations of laser products, including small, personal packages sent by postal mail and courier services. FDA suspects that lasers over 5 mW are being illegally sent in packages with labels such as “flashlight” and “toy”. This evades the FDA’s import declaration Form 2877 as well as Customs’ Section 321 allowing duty-free entry of shipments for one person on one day, valued at less than $200.

Using Form 2877, the importer must submit information on each shipment and must affirm that the products comply (or do not comply) with FDA laser regulatory standards. But if a small package omits Form 2877 and is mislabeled (not using the word “laser”), this is an attempt to evade FDA and Customs. FDA specifically notes that such single-package Section 321-type imports do not meet the FDA’s criteria for enforcement discretion for personal importation.

Lasers that FDA is interested in include laser pointers, laser gun sights, laser levels, laser light shows, laser pointer key chains, veterinary laser products, laser illuminators and similar products. If a shipment does not meet FDA requirements, it can then be detained by the FDA and would not be allowed into the country"


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Default Re: FDA Seeks CBP Help in Cracking Down on Illegal Laser Product Imports

This would explain why Laserglow (which is based in Canada) stopped shipping class IIIb and IV lasers to the U.S. all of a sudden.
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This is also why in my guide to owning lasers it says buy from.within the country you live in, if possible.......
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This is also why in my guide to owning lasers it says buy from.within the country you live in, if possible.......
I'm trying I'm trying I'm offering double what a laser is worth but no PMs after 5 days ..its only going to get worse next they will grab lasers on the way out as well ...and flashlight torch etc has been the usual way around for ages, with No battery or laser sticker or even battery charger
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This is pretty dissapointing. I want to find some specifics regarding confiscation. If the rules havent changed, FDA accession numbers should be all you need. That and maybe some unintriguing description and luck.
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