Federal Government Crackdown to Cause Major Disruptions for International Shipping in 2021

Air cargo planes sit at a DHL air shipping hub in Wilmington, Ohio. AP File Photo

The U.S. Postal Service and other federal agencies are warning of widespread disruptions to international package delivery to start the new year due to much of the world failing to comply with U.S. requirements aimed at rooting out illicit trafficking. 

More than 180 countries and territories are not in compliance with the 2018 Synthetics Trafficking and Overdose Prevention (STOP) Act, the full force of which is set to go into effect on Jan. 1. Congress passed the measure with overwhelming bipartisan support and President Trump signed it into law as the opioid epidemic was ravaging communities through the country. The crisis was reaching a new inflection point as international traffickers—primarily from China—were increasingly using the U.S. Postal Service to send synthetic opioids like fentanyl to American customers.