housil wrote: ↑
Tue Apr 09, 2019 2:12 pm
I guess you don´t get my idea.
Oh I get your idea, a way to fool or hide my actions from the government, and if caught get both myself and whomever local I conned into shipping me the ration in legal trouble. Deception and risking others with my own illegal actions is simply not the way I roll. And now, I have a case record and the scrutiny of USDA watching me so for me personally, the risk is now out of the question no matter what. Others may proceed at their own risk, perhaps following your suggestion on how to discreetly ship. Then hope and pray you never get caught like I was.
I wish they would make a distinction between a commercial importer, and a private individual but they blanket EVERYTHING imported in the mail as commercial regardless. That's just not right.
Importation of certain rations and ration components has always been a risk. People are rarely caught like I was. However fate has caused USDA to drop the hammer on me so the risk for me has become too great. Everyone please just keep in mind the risk with the addition now of possible aggressive action from USDA. The USDA trying to go after people, and if monitoring eBay auctions, video reviews, and MRE discussions on public forums may have increased risk so be careful. It may be only a matter of time before they go after companies dealing foreign rations. I hope I am just the unlucky and rare case, that nothing has really changed.
I received another letter, and this time there was no warning of disclosure statement at the bottom so I will post it. The shipments referred to is a couple of Russian rations that I ordered before the letter, but have yet to receive. I'm going to turn in the meat components so I don't get in trouble receiving more imported rations after being warned in the letter.
Sent: Tuesday, April 9, 2019 7:07 AM
To: Michael Simmons
Subject: RE: Importing meats through the mail
Hello Mr. Simmons,
Please contact me when you receive the shipments. See my contact info below. I can arrange for their collection and destruction. We would very much appreciate it. I will be in Fairbanks near the end of May.
In answer to your question in the previous email about importing products containing meat. It is you, the importer who applies for and holds the USDA VS permit. The permit would explain the specific requirements for imports based on the country of origin and animal products contained. More information can be obtained on the APHIS animal health webpage. But generally, you provide the shipper with a copy of your permit, they obtain the certification, and include both the permit copy and the certificate (and comply with any other requirements stated in the permit) with the shipment. You should also go to the FSIS website and FDA to understand their import rules.
http://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/ourfocu ... EBFANjvecc
I hope this is helpful information. Trade and agriculture regulations are developed through international cooperation agreements to prevent the spread of insects, invasive species, and plant and animal diseases. They are designed for commercial trade and not individual importation in the mail. There are multiple agencies that have a variety of requirements. If you do decide to pursue a permit to import animal products please be aware that other agency regulations for imports also apply. I cannot speak with any authority on the other agency requirements.
I would suggest obtaining an import broker with agriculture expertise to facilitate.
USDA APHIS PPQ