The U.S. Postal Service is failing to carry out a law designed to better screen foreign packages for illicit opioids and other products, with most countries falling out of compliance with new requirements and the Trump administration opting not to follow through on its implementation.
At least 135 countries have not provided the proper data on packages they are sending to the United States, according to the USPS inspector general, as required by the 2018 Synthetic Trafficking and Overdose Prevention (STOP) Act. The exact percentage of foreign packages coming into the country without the data was redacted in the report, but the IG said USPS will not be able to meet its statutory requirement that 100% of international shipments provide the information by Jan. 1, 2021. Most of the foreign packages with the data originated from China, the IG said.
“USPS will be substantially challenged to meet the STOP Act’s requirement for AED on all inbound packages by the January 2021 deadline,” the IG said.