HS Codes - Harmonized commodity descriptions from vendors Adafruit collects, tariff information, description, data/spec sheets, country of origin, ECCNs. Additionally Adafruit consults with experts export lawyers including THOMSEN AND BURKE LLP and reviews export classification list which is reviewed to keep up with the constant updates and "best practices" in export compliance.
Adafruit makes best efforts to screen orders using the Denied Persons or Entities list(s). Adafruit uses UPS and Visual Compliance, in addition to Adafruit's own "banned" list for high risk locations and to reduce fraud.
UPS uses software systems for all of its denied party screening requirements that search over 30 excluded party lists taken from both U.S. and international sources. These systems identify, investigate, and halt shipments with questionable parties immediately upon entry into UPS's shipping systems.
Additionally, Adafruit uses Visual Compliance's API for screening against Denied Persons or Entities. Visual Compliance has "the largest, most current and most accurate selection of foreign trade and AML regulatory compliance lists for screening entities and transactions".
Adafruit does not ship to the following locations:
Additionally, Adafruit currently does not ship to*:
Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Burma, Cambodia, China, Cyprus, Georgia, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon, Libya, Macau, , Moldova, Mongolia, Oman, Pakistan, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Vietnam
*List is revisited from time to time.
Adafruit also restricts USPS to some locations and UPS only to some locations depending on the order, amount and other risk factors.
Abnormal or suspicious activities, if found, we inquire and reevaluate transaction. This includes shipping/billing mismatches, IP address flags, multiple orders in short time period, special requests from customer that are abnormal. Requests from customers to change any customs values are denied, order may be canceled.
Credit card, PayPal, Amazon Payments, Google Wallet, BitPay. Many locations are Paypal only (additional fraud protection).
PayPal has robust policies and procedures to detect, prevent and report suspicious activity. To comply with OFAC (Office of Foreign Asset Control) requirements, and global sanctions, PayPal screens customer accounts against government watch lists. In addition, PayPal may request that the customer provide PayPal with documentation to help prove identity for business verification purposes. PayPal reports suspicious transactions to the financial intelligence unit in the respective country.
The following appears on commercial invoices for export:
"These commodities, technology, or software were exported from the United States in accordance with the Export Administration Regulations. Diversion contrary to U.S. law is prohibited".
Daily USPS and UPS pick up, signed for, scanned and logged before leaving Adafruit.