Customs officers seize $125,000 in dirt bikes

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - U. S. Customs and Border Protection officers have seized $125,000 worth of dirt bikes at the Port of Savannah. According to CBP, the dirt bikes were in violation of the Clean Air Act emissions standards.

"CBP plays a vital role in the protection of the environment on a global scale. CBP works closely with private industry, U.S. government agencies and foreign governments to stem the flow of illegal goods to protect our greatest natural resource, the environment, which we all share," said Port Director John Porter in a news release.

The dirt bikes are on hold for inspection by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

While inspecting shipments, CBP officers focusing on companies that have previously violated the Clean Air Act. They work closely with EPA investigators to inspect all vehicles and engines. Anything found uncertified is siezed by the CBP.

The EPA reports off-road motorcycles emit carbon monoxide, as well as hydrocarbons and nitrogen oxides that constribute to the formation of ground level ozone. Exposure to ozone can cause respiratory problems.

U. S. Customs and Border Protection is the federal agency responsible for monitoring imports to the U.S. and works closely with over 40 federal agencies to assist with the enforcement of U.S. law.

"CBP's partnerships with other government agencies and private industry are a critical link in the protection of the American public, the economy, and the environment," said Don Yando, executive director for Commercial Targeting and Enforcement in CBP's Office of International Trade. "These partnerships enhance CBP's ability to more effectively focus on those goods that pose the greatest threat."

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