Summary of Amendments Submitted to the Rules Committee for H.R. 5788 - Securing the International Mail Against Opioids Act of 2018

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June 12, 2018 11:41 AM

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Bishop, Mike (MI), Reichert (WA), Faso (NY)


SUBSTITUTE REVISED Changes the title of the bill to the “Synthetics Trafficking and Overdose Prevention Act of 2018” and further strengthens the requirement for the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) to transmit advance electronic data (AED) to Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in several significant ways: (1) Expedites the second deadline for the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) to transmit advance electronic data (AED) from 95% by December 31, 2022 to 100% by December 21, 2020; (2) Removes the waivers (“foreign capacity,” “extraordinary reasons,” and “national security interest”) from the obligation to transmit AED; and (3) establishes civil penalties if USPS accepts international mail shipments without AED after December 31, 2020.

Bishop, Mike (MI)


Allows a limited waiver from the requirement to provide 100 percent of data electronically for any country if the Commissioner determines that country: (1) does not have the capacity to collect and transmit advance electronic data; (2) represents a low risk for shipments that violate relevant U.S. laws and regulations; and (3) accounts for low volumes of mail shipments that can be effectively screened for compliance with relevant U.S. laws and regulations through an alternate means; Gives the Commissioner additional discretion to modify penalties upon making the findings already listed in the amendment.