Counterfeit toys destined for an importer on the Isle of Wight have been seized by trading standards officers.
Trading Standards say many of the goods were unsafe and destined to be sold online.
Other items included 8,000 counterfeit Rubik’s cubes destined to be given away at a Santa’s Grotto, as well as ultra violet nail lamps, wax heaters, nail dryers, garden machinery, gas powered scooters and electrical chargers.
According to Hampshire County Council, the faulty electrical goods were found to have inadequate protection against electric shock, inadequate supply cords, counterfeit plugs, unsafe fuses and many products were not supplied with instructions or traceability.
Safety issues with garden machinery included; fuel pipes being too short to be safely connected, a brake lever on one item broke on first use, no guide bar cover for one of the chainsaws, and the electrical cord being insufficient for the current carried.
The goods were examined by County Council Trading Standards officers at special inspection points along the M27. These are called ‘enhanced remote transit sheds’ and they allow goods to be removed from the port of Southampton while they await clearance from Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs.
Councillor Roy Perry, Leader of Hampshire County Council and Executive Member for Policy and Resources, said:
It is excellent that consumers in Hampshire and beyond have been saved from being out of pocket now these thousands of unsafe imports have been seized by Hampshire County Council’s Trading Standards Service. Our approach is to prevent unsafe goods from getting onto the UK market. Not only can they pose risks to users they can also be unfair competition to those importers who do follow the correct procedures, have the necessary paperwork and take their responsibilities seriously. These imported goods are often of inferior quality and/or dangerous, there is little opportunity for people to get their money back.
Hampshire County Council Trading Standards Officers and counterparts at Southampton City Council regularly examine consignments of goods which have been imported from outside the European Union to the UK in order to protect the public from unsafe goods entering the market. If you are a business looking to import products, the advice is to do some research before you begin.
Businesses that ignore safety requirements and go on to sell the goods are warned that they could face fines of up to £20,000.