Warning over millions of unsafe goods entering our ports

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Warning over millions of unsafe goods entering our ports

Latest figures from National Trading Standards reveal nearly two million unsafe or noncompliant products were identified between April and December 2014.

Children’s toys, cosmetics and DIY products are biggest offenders Children’s scooters, beauty products and LED lights are among 1.9 million items that were intercepted at entry points in England and Wales between April and December 2014, estimates from National Trading Standards reveal.

The new figures, which equate to more than 6,500 detained items every day, are thought to be the ‘tip of the iceberg’ as consumers are urged to take extra care when shopping online.

During the nine-month period analysed by National Trading Standards*, nearly two in five interventions by its Safety at Ports and Borders teams identified products as ‘unsafe or noncompliant’, meaning they posed a risk to the health or safety of consumers. Taking these products out of the supply chain is estimated to save the UK economy over £57 million** in potential costs of injuries, fatalities or fires.

Items detained by the NTS Safety at Ports and Borders teams, who work across 14 local authorities at ports, airports and postal hubs, included 397 home tooth whitening kits containing unsafe levels of hydrogen peroxide, thousands of cosmetic products like shampoo, skin lightening cream and body lotion, LED lights, children’s scooters and other toys.

With consumers increasingly shopping online and searching for a bargain, National Trading Standards is urging everyone to think before they buy and has produced a checklist to help people shop more safely. Top tips include checking out the reviews of the product you want to purchase – or the seller you wish to buy from – and checking that there is a way to contact the seller offline.

To support the work of the NTS Safety at Ports & Borders teams, more funding is being channelled to the teams following a grant from the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills.

Products detained by NTS Safety at Ports and Borders teams include: Between July – November 2014, 64% of LED lightbulbs tested across various UK border points were found to be unsafe or noncompliant

In Coventry, parcels containing 397 home tooth whitening kits that contained 61 times the permitted amount of hydrogen peroxide were detained

Nearly 1,000 chainsaws imported from China were seized and shown to have a number of crucial faults, including brakes that did not work when the engine was running and a ‘kill switch’ which did not stop the engine immediately

20 unsafe children’s scooters were detained by teams in Suffolk, as well as aquarium lights, electrical chargers, black henna and skateboards

Since April 2013, 9,809 carcinogenic skin lightening creams have been intercepted at Tilbury and Gateway ports

Between April – December 2014, 670,891 cosmetic products including shampoo, skin whitening cream, soap, skin lightening oil, henna products, body lotion and face cream were identified at UK border points as unsafe or noncompliant.


Source: ITV REPORT, 6 March 2015 at 11:44am

Business Development Manager, Hampshire, England

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Company Description

tForce Lighting Ltd, one of the pioneers in the industry, has been adapting leading LED technology to provide innovative, attractive, functional, and cost effective solutions.
Customers come to us for world class design from reputable factories, combined with agility, speed, flexibility, and willingness to respond to both needs and expectations as projects evolve and mature through the entire product life cycle. 
We are highly committed to making the experience of buying from us a pleasurable one. Our Sales team are able to offer advice on products and installation and they can also offer product recommendations should you be unsure of what light solution would best suit your needs.
We work directly with Quality Accreditation manufacturer partners to allow us input over the design and production process, meaning that we can develop LED lighting to meet our customers requirements.

Job description

tForce Lighting UK ( is a platform for B2C online shop in UK. We are also dealing commercial customers though traditional sales. We are seeking a marketing and sales professional, who understands the language of lighting and also the industrial needs.  This role will appeal to organised, creative people who understand and recognise the impact of new media but also appreciate the time honoured aspects of traditional marketing, especially within the specialised field of lighting. Work with the Managing Director to deliver a great service for customers.


Desired Skills and Experience

Essential skills that the successful candidate will need for this role includes:

* Exceptionally self-driven and ability to work on own.

* Plan and manage seasonal content, news and offer updates on the website.

* Manage content on 3rd party listings.

* Daily monitoring of online communities such as Twitter, Facebook, WordPress and etc.

* a proven track record in business development and winning new business.

* Strong influencing skills with the ability to negotiate and use commercial acumen to achieve results.

* Negotiating and reviewing commercial agreements

* Have a wealth of experience selling LED Lighting (or Traditional Lighting) and good technical knowledge also.

* good business sense.

* Can demonstrate consistent performance against targets.

* Financial analysis skills including understanding of sales /revenue drivers.

* Ensure all expenditure commitments (orders, contracts, budgets etc.) and all payments are properly authorised, controlled and monitored.

Additional Information

Full-time (or part time)
Mid-Senior level
Marketing and Sales

How candidates apply

Please fill the following form and we will give your our email address for the submission.

Unfortunately due to the high volume of CVs we receive we can only respond to candidates that are selected for interview. All candidates will be expected to provide proof of eligibility to work in the UK.



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