Friday, March 7, 2008

CPSC Initiates Outreach To Vietnam To Ensure Import Safety

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) today announced an agreement with the Vietnamese government aimed at improving the safety of consumer products exported to the U.S. from Vietnam.

The announcement coincides with a visit to Hanoi by CPS Cofficials, who are meeting with their government counterparts in Vietnam and conducting product safety training for Vietnamese exporters of consumer products.

The agreement between CPSC and the Directorate for Standards and Quality (STAMEQ) of the Ministry of Science and Technology calls for information and technical exchanges to implement consumer safety programs.

"Vietnam has become an increasingly important trading partner with the United States," said Acting Chairman Nord. "Working with industry and directly with government agencies in other countries, such as Vietnam, is one of the most effective ways to ensure the safety of products made abroad and intended for U.S. store shelves."

"Vietnam understands the importance of protecting the safety of consumers" said Dr. Ngo Quy Viet, Director General of STAMEQ. "Therefore, Vietnam welcomes collaboration with foreign partners, especially with those that have such an effective safety system as the United States, to improve consumer and importer confidence."

The number of imports from Vietnam to the U.S. has skyrocketed in recent years. According to U.S. International Trade Commission data, nearly $8.6 billion worth of products under CPSC jurisdiction came from Vietnam in 2007, a 31 percent increase from 2006. CPSC also has signed agreements with Canada, Chile, China, Costa Rica, the European Commission, Egypt, India, Israel, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Peru and Taiwan to improve the safety of consumer products.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of serious injury or death from more than 15,000 types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. Deaths, injuries and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $800 billion annually. The CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical, or mechanical hazard. The CPSC's work to ensurethe safety of consumer products - such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters, and household chemicals - contributed significantly to the decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 30 years.
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