Amazon Bans US Import Of Plant Products To Counter Mysterious Chinese Seed Shipments


Shivdeep Dhaliwal, Yahoo Finance

September 7, 2020, Inc (NASDAQ: AMZN) and other retailers, such as Wish, are imposing new restrictions on importing plant products into the United States to counter mystery seed packages, many of which originate from China, the Wall Street Journal reported Monday.


What Happened: The Jeff Bezos-led company published a policy on its Seller Central portal that prohibits listings of plants, plant products and seeds that are imported from outside the U.S. or sold by a non-U.S. resident.


Thousands of people in the U.S. as well as in the United Kingdom and Canada have received seeds by post, which they claim they never ordered. The bulk of such shipments originated in China, the Journal reported.


The seed shipments are reportedly said to be related to a scam known as “brushing,” which experts believe is related to generating fake sales for unrelated products.


Such sales or fake orders are encouraged by unscrupulous sellers to inflate sales, which pushes the sellers' ranking higher on e-commerce websites such as Amazon, the Journal noted.


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