Hurricane Commerce – beware of US STOP Act

The US anti-narcotics STOP Act will come into force on 1 January, where parcels with incorrect or incomplete data arriving in the USA will be returned to the originating country, according to cross-border tech company Hurricane Commerce.

The STOP Act, designed to reduce the amount of opioids entering the US through the mail system, requires a higher threshold for electronic data to come with each parcel. It is fully expected that hundreds of millions of parcels will be returned to originating countries by the US Postal Service, causing major blockages in the system. 

Martyn Noble, CEO of Hurricane Commerce, explained, “The USPS is under pressure to fully implement the STOP Act and posts have been informed that the quality threshold for valid advance electronic data on mail parcels is being raised to a whole new level from the start of next year.

“From January 1, posts will be expected, without exception, to provide complete and valid data on all inbound mail parcels into the US. As things stand, that means several hundred million parcels are likely to be rejected and eventually returned to their origin. This kind of volume will not only create immense logistical challenges but will also have a serious impact on air cargo capacity.”

Hurricane Commerce has a tech solution to tackle the problems associated with the STOP Act. It launched its Zephyr data enhancement product that allows bulk clearance facilities to check the accuracy of data with each parcel including product descriptions and HS6 codes. It can handle as many as 700 million requests a day.

David Spottiswood, a co-founder of Hurricane Commerce, highlights, “The USPS deadline is real and is just a few weeks away from being rigorously enforced. Our Zephyr solution has been created specifically to meet this challenge and can be activated and delivering enhanced data quickly. We know from customer results that Zephyr enables posts to achieve the required data quality threshold. Posts that are able to meet the rigorous higher standards being set by the USPS are likely to gain a competitive edge in the world of cross-border trade.”