As of Jan. 1, 2019, advance electronic data is required for 100 percent of postal shipments into the U.S. originating from China, according to a recent notice from U.S. Customs and Border Protection. This requirement also applies to shipments from Hong Kong and Macau as well as foreign postal operators that ship goods destined for the U.S. that originated in China.
CBP states that air and ocean carriers that transport international mail destined to the U.S. should communicate with postal officials in China, Hong Kong, and Macau to confirm that 100 percent of the containers with postal shipments contain AED before loading them onto their conveyances. If the postal operator identifies to the carrier that a container does not have 100 percent AED, the carrier should not accept that container. CBP warns that enforcement action, which may include the return of shipments without 100 percent AED, could begin at any time.
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