Question: Can Customs Open Your Mail?

Reuters is reporting that Customs and Border Protection is opening international mail coming into the U.S.

without warrant.

Sadly, this is legal.

Congress passed a trade act in 2002, 107 H.R.

3009, that expanded the Custom Service’s ability to open international mail.

Does mail go through customs?

Mail entering the United States from abroad first arrives at a United States Postal Service (USPS) Sorting Facility. The Postal Service then sends packages to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) for examination and to assess duties and taxes, if any is owed.

Can I contact customs about a parcel?

Questions about the USPS Customs Declaration Forms 2976 and 2976A should be directed to the United States Postal Service 1800-ASK-USPS/1800-275-8777.

How long does a package stay in customs?

Every package coming into the US from another country must go through customs. Most packages are cleared quickly, usually within 24 hours. A few packages are picked at random for inspection.

Why would a package be held in customs?

‘Held at Customs’ means the package you are sending to the destination country is held by the officials of the importer country’s customs office. These government bodies hold the packages until they ensure that only permissible items cross their border and the taxes (Duties & Excise) are paid for the import.

Why would package be held in customs?

If your shipment exceeded the value allowed, your package will be held in customs until that balance is paid. Normally, a courier company in charge of the shipment will do that for you and then charge you an administration fee for handling. Another common cause for delays in shipping can also be missing paperwork.

What is USPS customs?

Mail entering the United States from abroad first arrives at a United States Postal Service (USPS) Sorting Facility. The Postal Service then sends packages to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) for examination and to assess duties and taxes, if any is owed.

What to do if parcel is held at customs?

What You Should Do When Your Shipment Is Stuck At Customs

  • Contact your 3PL provider. Your first action should be to contact whoever has shipped your goods.
  • Contact your carrier. Ensure that your shipment is actually stuck in customs.
  • Find out if there are outstanding taxes.
  • Ensure there is no missing or incorrect paperwork.
  • Wait.

Can you track a package by Customs number?

The USPS will put a tracking number on the package but in most cases it will only track the package until it reaches the country’s customs services.

How can I contact US Customs?

00 1 202-325-8000