This report responds to a request from Senator Claire McCaskill, Ranking Member, U.S. Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. Based on the request, our objectives were to examine the role of the Postal Service network in facilitating illicit drug distribution, explore associated risks and vulnerabilities in the system, and identify opportunities to mitigate those risks.

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Comments (3)

  • anon

    can a drug (a Viagra Clone) be legally sent from India to US. If so I ordered from India and it arrived customs isc on 4 Oct 2018 and still haven't received any movement and is now the 15th of Oct 2018

    Oct 15, 2018
  • anon

    Just have a question. Don't most, or all, international packages have to have a customs form? You are literally supposed to say I am shipping 1 sock, a toothbrush, 3 pieces of hair, and 2 pairs of Jean's. Extremely specific. Why is the USPS not allowed to search these packages when the contents are already "revealed" to them?

    Oct 04, 2018
  • anon

    CBP does have broader authority to search imported packages. But the USPS treats them as domestic mail once they are entered into the United States customs territory by CBP officers. Further, as the report mentions, the majority of international mail still does not have advance metadata sent electronically, it literally "shows up at the door." This wastes taxpayer money by making officers work harder to identify likely drug packages--its entirely impossible to search every package coming into the US. Now that Trump is planning to leave the Universal Postal Union treaty, this could change and the US could decide it would no longer accept international mail unless it supplied AED data.

    Oct 24, 2018