Foreign Seeds to US Customers?
Just recently, Amazon has restricted the sale of foreign seeds to U.S. customers due to summer’s mystery seed deliveries. According to reports, packets of unordered seeds from China started showing up on U.S. consumers’ doorsteps over the summer.
The Amazon sent foreign sellers an email notifying them about the decision. Upon doing so, the online retailer started removing some seed and plant offers on September 3.
Due to some U.S. officials voicing out their concerns about the possibility of introducing invasive foreign plants that could threaten U.S. agriculture, the Amazon took the precautionary move. The authorities believe that the seeds are suspicious because there were no orders made and no one could identify where the seeds originated.
Meanwhile, Amazon said that the banning of foreign seeds is their effort to protect customers and improve the customer experience.
U.S. Seed Sellers Can Continue Their Business
“Moving forward, we are only permitting the sale of seeds by sellers who are based in the U.S.,” the Amazon spokesperson revealed.
Meanwhile, several investigators for the U.S. government, including the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) worked on identifying the source of the mystery seed shipments. On the other hand, a spokesman for China’s Foreign Ministry said that the mailing labels indicating the seeds were shipped from China were forged.
According to investigators, the mystery seed shipments are just a simple strategy some online sellers use to improve their profile on Amazon. After sending cheap items like seeds to thousands of consumers, the seller could secure a higher rank on Amazon’s platform.
If you ever received any summer’s mystery seed delivery, don’t hesitate to tell your story. We would love to hear from you.
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