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Trading standards commended for role in £20m airport seizures

Team from County Hall linking up with Border Force officials

Leicestershire Trading Standards staff receive award

Leicestershire County Council’s Trading Standards team has been acknowledged at a national level for its role with Border Force in seizing more than £20m worth of unsafe and counterfeit goods coming into East Midlands Airport over a three-year period.

Their partnership with Border Force was recognised with a commendation at the national Regulatory Excellence Awards, organised by the Office for Product Safety and Standards.

The partnership carries out vital work which enhances the safety of consumers in Leicestershire and the wider UK as it ensures that unsafe goods do not make their way into the supply chain. I am delighted that their work has been recognised at a national level.

Trading Standards officers and Border Force officials work at the airport to target and intercept consignments coming into the country which may contain dangerous, faulty or counterfeit items – as well as working with importers to ensure their products are compliant with UK standards.

The surveillance partnership is intelligence-led, which allows the partners to target resources in the areas of highest risk, with potentially unlawful and non-compliant consignments being identified, targeted and then intercepted. 

In the three-year period from 2016 to 2019, Trading Standards and Border Force intercepted and detained 683,000 items with a total value of more than £21 million. The seizures included electrical goods, toys and cosmetics.

Trading Standards officers also worked with importers of some of the goods to bring them up to the correct standard to be allowed into the UK and sold, while those items which could not be made compliant or counterfeit goods were seized and recycled.

* Picture shows (left to right): Becka Smith and Nicola Garner from Leicestershire Trading Standards receiving the commendation from Martin Traynor, small business representative for the Crown Commercial Service, and Huw Jones, assistant director for enforcement, Office for Product Safety and Standards.

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