According to industry insiders, in mid to late June, UK Customs and the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) carried out stringent inspections on a large number of e-cigarette products at Heathrow Airport (LHR Airport). on July 14, interviewed a number of freight forwarding industry practitioners on the progress of this incident and the follow-up situation.
A number of informants said that this time the inspection lasted for a longer period of time, whether it is more stringent than before, so many freight forwarders have suspended their business in the UK. A small number of forwarders who continue to ship goods to the UK have further increased freight rates, but others said they are still operating normally and have not increased freight rates.
One of the industry insiders said that apart from Heathrow, other airports have also carried out similar checks, but Heathrow is the most stringent, and if e-cigarettes are found in large puffs, they will be confiscated directly.