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US-bound post faces severe delays due to new drug checks, says parcels firm

[ March 11, 2021   //   ]

The US STOP Act aimed at preventing illegal drugs entering the country and due to come into full force on 15 March could disrupt traditional postal services says delivery specialist ParcelHero.

It says that hundreds of millions of parcels are likely to be rejected and returned to their sender when the new Synthetics Trafficking & Overdose Prevention (STOP) Act comes into full effect.

The United States Postal Service (USPS) was supposed to start refusing any package shipped to the United States that lacks identifying data, such as shipper and recipient, from 1 January this year. However, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the full introduction of regulations was postponed until 15 March.

It adds that traditional parcel services that use the USPS, such as many Post Office shipments from the UK, will be impacted but international courier are not affected by the changes.

Senders using USPS-linked mailings now have to provide complete and valid data on all inbound mail into the US, so packets and parcels face delays or returns due to incomplete data, which is likely to create a bottleneck for some time.