US Customs Agents love good Puer?


One of the intentionally aged teas, Pu-Erh has a loyal following.

Postby Trioxin » Oct 8th, '08, 14:26

I've yet to have a shipment inspected. Guess they don't find us hicks in the midwest to be much of a threat to national security. I have however had a lost shipment from Yunnan Sourcing (which was replaced, no questions asked). Maybe I have such impeccable taste they didn't want to give mine up.
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Postby heavydoom » Oct 8th, '08, 14:29

parcels go through x ray machines nowadays. one look at them, you know they are tea leaves, most would think for medicinal purposes. i have yet to have customs open up my pu box.
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Postby wyardley » Oct 8th, '08, 14:37

I think some of it is probably just random, or depends on the person doing the inspection. I'm sure that tea leaves could easily be used to hide drugs (especially since the smell might be able to cover things up), and a brick or cake of tea could possibly have drugs hidden inside.

I believe China had some stricter controls on stuff entering *or* leaving the country during the Olympics - I remember Imen posting on her site about how her olive pit charcoal didn't get through. I think some of those restrictions aren't completely relaxed yet.

Knock on wood, I don't think I've ever had any really intrusive inspections either.

Slightly funny (but unrelated) story - a vendor of Taiwanese teas who imports his own tea through his own company gets hassled by customs a lot. When I was at his shop, I noticed that many things, even pots with a 宜兴中国 chop, or CNNP puer cakes (things that are clearly from China had "Made in Taiwan" stickers on them. When I asked, he said that he had to put those stickers on to prevent customs from hassling him.
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Postby heavydoom » Oct 8th, '08, 14:42

good point about the olympics. paranoia of terrorism ran deep so any stuff coming/going to china must have been more scrutinized for searches.
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Postby uniformsquare » Oct 9th, '08, 07:05

This is really sad to hear. What if you were ordering some really high end stuff when this happens? Damaging and stealing tea is possibly the worst thing you can do, how is this not a crime punishable by death?
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Postby hop_goblin » Oct 9th, '08, 12:38

uniformsquare wrote:This is really sad to hear. What if you were ordering some really high end stuff when this happens? Damaging and stealing tea is possibly the worst thing you can do, how is this not a crime punishable by death?


I am not there yet thinking that they are stealing tea for personal enjoyment. I believe that if we have grams missing, they are testing it. Yes, I agree with you. Tearing into a beeng or tong or what have you will certainly detract from the price.
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