On Friday, the 23rd of August 2019, three of the top US-based multinational courier services, FedEx Corp., US Postal Service and United Parcel Service Inc. issued a joint statement in response to US President Donald Trump’s call to refuse packages of a powerful opioid painkiller fentanyl from China, saying that the multinational parcel service providers had already been working on a plan to stop illegal drug traffickers from abusing their postal delivery service.
In point of fact, after imposing an additional levy of 5 percent on top of pre-existing tariffs on $550 billion Chinese exports, US President Donald Trump had urged US-based parcel service providers alongside the nation’s largest online retailer, Amazon.com Inc.
on Friday (August 23rd) to suspend deliveries of a synthetic opioid painkiller, Fentanyl, 50 times more potent than traditional heroin, which had been spurring one of the worst drug abuse crises United States had ever witnessed.
More than 80,000 people die every year in the United States from opioid painkiller overdose, while Chinese export of Fentanyl alone appeared to be responsible for more than 30,000 deaths on opioid overdose across the United States.
Initiating a zero-tolerance move against Fentanyl exports from China, Trump said on Twitter later on an eventful Friday (August 23rd), “I am ordering all carriers, including Fed Ex, Amazon, UPS and the Post Office, to SEARCH FOR & REFUSE all deliveries of Fentanyl from China (or anywhere else!). President Xi said this would stop - it didn’t. ”