International Mail: Stakeholders' Views on Possible Changes to Inbound Mail Regarding Customs Fees and Opioid Detection Efforts [open pdf - 2MB]
From the Document: "The Synthetics Trafficking and Overdose Prevention Act of 2018 (STOP Act of 2018) included several measures to support CBP's [U.S. Customs and Border Protection] opioid-detection efforts. For example, it required USPS to transmit to CBP advance electronic data (AED) on the international mail shipments it receives. […] The STOP Act of 2018 also included a provision for GAO [Government Accountability Office] to examine: (1) the feasibility of assessing an additional customs fee on other types of inbound international mail and (2) how opioid detection might be improved by certain role changes--i.e., by requiring USPS to serve as the consignee and by designating a customs broker as an importer of record for international mail shipments. 6 This report provides selected stakeholders' views on (1) assessing additional customs fees on inbound international mail shipments and (2) how CBP's opioid-detection efforts could be affected by changing how certain roles apply to inbound international mail shipments. This report updates information that we provided to congressional staff on June 28, 2019, to meet the provisions included in the STOP Act of 2018 for GAO."
Government Accountability Office: http://www.gao.gov/