U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is notifying air and ocean carriers that transport
international mail destined to the United States that beginning January 1, 2019, Advance Electronic Data (AED) will be required for 100 percent of all postal shipments into the United States originating from the People’s Republic of China. This notice also applies to Special Administrative Regions of the People’s Republic of China (Hong Kong and Macau) and applies to Foreign Postal Operators that ship goods destined for the United States, which originated in the People’s Republic of China.
CBP would like the carriers to communicate with postal officials in the People’s Republic of China, Hong Kong, and Macau to confirm that 100 percent of the containers with postal shipments contain AED before loading them onto their conveyance. If the postal operator identifies to the carrier that a container does not have 100 percent AED, then the carrier should not accept that container.
Enforcement action on the shipments, which may include return of shipments without 100 percent AED, could begin at any time beginning January 1, 2019.
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