On 18th May the OECD Insight website published an article by the head of the OECD Public Governance Directorate arguing that the small package trade is facilitating the global trade in counterfeits, and it is also one of the reasons why the current opioid epidemic in the US has reached the proportions it has.  It says that governments now realise the serious effects the small package trade can have.  In a 2018 OECD on illicit trade, customs agencies reported that small, low-value shipments are a very real threat to national health, safety and security – small parcels do not just contain illicit narcotics, but weapons, illegal wildlife products, or indeed nearly anything that will fit in a box.  A small-package delivery system which escapes controls has combined with the democratisation of trade through e-commerce to ignite a boom in illicit trade.  The trouble is that customs agencies are geared to monitor large commercial shipments rather than a continuous flow of small parcels.  Though the institutional capacities of individual law enforcements agencies are weak, governments can co-operate with each other, and with courier services, postal administrations, e-commerce vendors and intermediaries.



Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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