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Customs seizes $26,000 in switchblade knives shipment at BWI

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection seized a shipment of 2,400 switchblade knives and 1,200 butterfly combs from China July 12 at BWI airport.

CBP’s Baltimore Trade Enforcement Team examined the shipment and found that the confiscated combs were constructed in such a way that allowed easy removal of the comb and insertion of a knife blade. Officers also concluded that the sharp metal teeth of the combs could be potentially harmful to users if left as a comb.

The shipment was stopped from entering the U.S. under the Switchblade Knife Act of 1958.

A letter has been sent to the importer, but no criminal charges have been filed yet. The assessed domestic value of the 3,600 pieces is $26,568.

“Switchblade knives are generally illegal, and the blades and poorly constructed metal combs pose a significant threat to health and public safety,” said Ricardo Scheller, CBP Port Director for the Port of Baltimore. “Customs and Border Protection officers, import specialists and agriculture specialists pore over hundreds of thousands of commercial entries daily to ensure that each commodity fully complies with applicable federal laws and regulations and is safe for American consumers. We take this responsibility very seriously.”

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