Common Issues That International Vendors Of Illegal Or Restricted Goods Face

In 2017, the United Parcel Service (UPS), the largest courier that planet Earth has to offer, was responsible for shipping some 5.1 billion parcels throughout the world. National and state governments have long been aware of the fact that people around the globe ship illegal goods using the mail with reasonably high success rates. Determining which packages contain illegal goods is difficult because there are so many parcels to sort through. Thoroughly searching all of them is impossible. However, such governments engage in several strategies to keep restricted or semi-restricted goods out of their countries as best as they can. Let’s take a look at some of the most common issues that international vendors of such semi-restricted or fully-restricted products face.

Some Countries Have Major Delays In Shipping Certain Types Of Goods

Let’s consider the botanical specimen known as kratom to explain this issue. Also known as mitragyna speciosa, kratom is an all-natural pain reliever that is similar to coffee or tea. Late last year, kratom vendors in Indonesia, the world’s largest producer of kratom, were unable to ship their goods to buyers in the United States, the world’s largest buyer of the plant, because China Air broke its contractual vow to ship kratom out of Indonesia eight months into its 12-month contract. Kratom shipments are regularly seized by the FDA, a U.S.-based agency that influenced China Air’s decision. Supply chain breaks with such goods happen all the time.

Not Paying Proper Taxes

Vendors need to pay export and import taxes on goods shipped internationally. Failing to do so brings further scrutiny to packages when they arrive in their country of destination.

Skipping Regulatory Requirements

Some small-time vendors of palm oil break countless countries’ laws by selling product that was harvested using slave labor. These vendors cannot meet regulatory requirements since they’re so small. Such shipments are often held at borders if they’re discovered due to the systematic failure of small-time vendors to meet regulatory requirements. If your government or business needs help package testing to prevent the influx and unnecessary handling of unwanted or illegal goods, our team can help throw another issue in the way of these goods’ vendors.

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