As many of you know, in the USA there was a "Toxic Substances Control Act" (TSCA) enacted by our Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) a few years ago. This "Act" includes the import of fountain pen ink. So, for many years now, every time I have purchased a pen from an overseas seller, either the seller and/or I have had to do extra paperwork, etc to attest that there is no ink in the shipment. It's no big deal and has become a way of life.
A few days ago I searched for find a "hard to get" ink and found it on a German seller's website. A big seller with a "bricks & mortar" operation. When I inquired of the seller if it was possible for me to get a bottle of the ink shipped into the USA, the seller's response was "sure, we ship to the USA every day!" I clarified that I wanted ink, and the response was the same, "no problem."
My question for you all is how come I have to jump through all these hoops? I have found that Customs gets freaked out if there is even so much as a ballpoint refill or single ink cartridge in my shipments yet apparently these guys can ship bottles with no hassles?
My guess is that their business, a big one, has done the paperwork in advance and are so well known to the US Government that their packages with ink pass through without any questions??
Can anybody provide me with any insights?