The Covid-19 pandemic has reshaped the world with more and more consumers shopping online and brick-and-mortar stores turning to online sales to survive. e-Commerce gave some industries, such as consumer goods, an incredible boost, and new customers from unexpected sectors, such as the aging population. On the other hand, department store sales and retailers selling what people consider “non-essential” items have been the hardest hit. How has the pandemic changed consumer perceptions of commerce, and what should governments be doing to ensure a smooth trade flow?
The US has been trying to ease imports by taking certain actions, including lowering specific entry requirements. The FDA has also relaxed its requirements for specific documentation. Currently, many items are even non-dutiable. Importers will have to keep their fingers on the pulse and continuously check how these changes affect them. For instance, will there be fewer demands regarding importer security filing of 10+2 form? Will they have more import clearance success?