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October 29, 2008 

U.S. Customs Announces Import Safety Pilot Program

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced in today's Federal Register a new voluntary import safety pilot program. Known as the Importer Self-Assessment-Product Safety Pilot (ISA-PS), the joint program between CBP and the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) will be open to current ISA participants only.

In order to participate in ISA-PS, an importer must:

1. Be an active member in ISA and comply with all ISA requirements
and obligations.
2. Complete an ISA-PS/CPSC Questionnaire and sign an ISA-PS/CPSC
Addendum.
3. Agree to comply with all laws and regulations administered by
CBP and CPSC.
4. Maintain an internal control system that ensures the integrity
of product safety.
5. Notify CBP of any major organizational changes that may impact
the importer's product safety controls.
6. Submit an annual written notification to CBP that sets forth the
importer's ISA-PS point of contact and acknowledges that the importer
continues to meet the requirements of ISA-PS.

Interested and eligible applicants may send an e-mail requesting an application to isa@dhs.gov, and will receive an electronic ISA-PS/CPSC Questionnaire and an ISA-PS/CPSC Addendum.

Since the ISA program started in 2002, over 172 importers under 760 different Importer of Record numbers have been approved to participate in ISA. In FY 2007, merchandise imported by ISA participants comprised 15% of the total value imported into the United States and the compliance rate for ISA importers was 99.4%.

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