According to a recent report from our friends at Tamebay, the U.S. Government is currently finalizing a plan to introduce more rigorous inspections of e-commerce imports.
Perhaps reflecting the current tension between the U.S. and China in terms of their current trade agreement, these proposed measures would see customs officers engaged in longer and more thorough inspections of goods entering the country.
According to the latest statistics, the number of imports has increased significantly, rising from 1.4 million per day at the beginning of this year to somewhere in the region of 2.1 million by August. This figure is set to rise throughout the end of Q4, particularly as we creep towards the holiday season.
Tamebay suggests that the new measures may have a knock-on effect for e-commerce businesses who are reliant on overseas products, with shipping times sure to be delayed.
It will be interesting to observe if this is indeed the case and how much it will actually affect merchants trying to get themselves set-up in advance of Black Friday and of course, the December rush.
At the very least, it seems certain that the U.S. government is looking to make good on its promise to help U.S. manufacturers grow, making it increasingly difficult for sellers to do business with overseas counterparts.