CHICAGO–U.S. Customs and Border Protections officers at Chicago O’Hare’s International Mail Branch recently seized 50,000 dragster Mountain Vape Pens. The shipment, originated from Hong Kong, and was destined for a residence in Alexandria, Ky.
The FDA determined the shipment violated the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act) as misbranded consumer goods being imported by an unauthorized agent. Tobacco products imported or offered for import into the United States must comply with all applicable U.S. laws. Read more about the FDA’s regulations governing e-cigarettes and other tobacco products.
The shipment was seized Jan. 19, and was mis-manifested as Lithium Ion Battereies, a common practice used by smugglers. CBP believed the shipment was intentionally improperly labeled in order to avoid detection. Additionally, CBP presumes the products are being sold without authorization. CBP continues to work diligently to stop non-legitimate products from entering the U.S. The pens had an MSRP of $450,000.
“Our officers are dedicated to identifying and intercepting these types of shipments that could potentially harm our communities,” said Shane Campbell, Area Port Director-Chicago. “Customs and Border Protection’s trade enforcement mission places a significant emphasis on intercepting illicit products that could harm American consumers, and we will continue to work with our consumer safety partners to identify and seize unsafe and illicit goods.”
Last year the FDA announced an increased enforcement priority of electronic nicotine delivery systems, and issued detailed guidance to the industry of these new enforcement priorities that regulate the unauthorized importation of tobacco products.