ST. LOUIS–U.S. Customs and Border Protections officers at the port of St. Louis recently seized 7,800 Puff Bar Vape Pens containing Nicotine & Glycerol. The shipment, originating from Hong Kong, was destined for a residence in Florissant.
The FDA examined the vaping pens and determined the shipment violated the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act) as misbranded consumer goods being imported by an unauthorized agent. In January, the FDA announced an increased enforcement priority of electronic nicotine delivery systems, and in April issued detailed guidance to the industry of these new enforcement priorities that regulate the unauthorized importation of tobacco products.
The pens were turned over to Homeland Security Investigations for further investigation. 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 mislabeled as Air Humidifier, a common practice used by smugglers. CBP believed the shipment was intentionally and improperly made vague in order to avoid detection and duty collection. 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 $156,000.
“Our officers are dedicated to identifying and intercepting these types of shipments that could potentially harm our communities,” said St. Louis’ Area Port Director. “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.”
CBP provides basic import information about admissibility requirements and the clearance process for e-commerce goods and encourages buyers to confirm that their purchases and the importation of those purchases comply with any state and federal import regulations.
CBP conducts operations at ports of entry throughout the United States, and regularly screens arriving international passengers and cargo for narcotics, weapons, and other restricted or prohibited products. CBP strives to serve as the premier law enforcement agency enhancing the Nation’s safety, security, and prosperity through collaboration, innovation, and integration