Birmingham CBP seizes unapproved thermometers.

Image of seized thermometers, source: CBP.gov

CBP officers in Birmmingham seized 500 unregistered non-contact and infrared thermometers with country of origin as Malaysia or China. If genuine articles, the value of the shipment would have totaled $21,400.

The thermometers did contain the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) markings on the packaging and the devices, but the shipment was still seized as the shipping company was not registered with the FDA when the thermometers were imported. The registration of the shipping company is required as part of the pre-market notification process under section 510(k) of the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act.

According to CBP, so far this year they have seized 107,000 illegal COVID-19 test kits, 11,000 doses of chloroquine and more than 750,000 counterfeit masks. Given the current increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations, CBP will likely be seizing more thermometers, face masks and chloroquine in the near future.

If you have had your goods seized by Customs, contact seizure attorney David Hsu to discuss your options anytime by mobile phone at 832-896-6288 or by email at attorney.dave@yahoo.com, dh@gjatradelaw.com.

CBP seizes non-FDA compliant thermometers.

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According to a U.S. Customs and Border Protection media release, CBP officers in El Paso’s Bridge of the America’s facility seized a shipment of “pyrometers” (infrared forehead thermometers) with a value of over $7,000.

Upon examination, the CBP officers found the pyrometers to be non-compliant with FDA regulations. It is important for FDA compliance on these types of thermometers because they can give false readings if they do not meet strict FDA requirements.

If you have had your goods seized for non-FDA compliance, or if you have any questions about ensuring FDA compliance BEFORE you import, contact experienced import and export attorney David Hsu at 832-896-6288 or by email at attorney.dave@yahoo.com or dh@gjatradelaw.com.