There have been quite a few rules and regulations imposed for shipping items to the U.S. over the last few years…all in the name of improving "Homeland Security." This has proven to be major pain-in-the-butt for ex-pats like myself who have regular occasions to send gifts to family and friends.
It’s also a hassle for businesses like my employer. Making sure that all the i’s are dotted and the t’s are crossed in order to send shipments to our subsidiary in one of the Carolinas is practically a full-time job.
But as I suspected, such care and diligence is not required for shipments coming OUT of my beloved (and beleaguered) homeland. A colleague in "goods receivable" found this out the hard way earlier today when he was unpacking a box from the above mentioned subsidiary and was greeted by a live Black Widow spider.
What I can’t figure out is, how does a deadly spider get past the "agriculture police" at the airport when I have had to watch my shoes get washed to prevent the spread of Mad Cow Disease and was once pulled out of the customs line for a forgotten ham sandwich?