When ordering modafinil online, especially for those in the US, it’s common to wonder what happens if the package is stopped by customs.
There is nothing more unsettling than, after the delivery makes landfall in the US, the tracking number showing your order as retained (it will typically show “Retention Reason: Other”).
Step one is to take a deep breath and relax. You’re not in trouble.
For every hundred modafinil orders sent from India to the US, on average only three are stopped. To look at it from a glass half full perspective, if you were to order a hundred separate packages, you would get ninety-seven of them.
The odds are heavily stacked in your favor.
The Customs Process
It’s perfectly normal for any international order to take 1 to 3 days to process by U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Add a weekend, a public holiday, or bad weather to the mix, and the delay can go as high as 5 to 7 days.
If customs does actually stop your order, you will be sent a letter. Here is what it will look like.
In a nutshell, the letter just says that a package containing a controlled substance and addressed to you has been intercepted. It then gives you two choices. You can:
- Voluntarily abandon the package – In this case, customs will simply destroy the shipment.
- Commence seizure proceedings – By selecting this, you are requesting to go to court to prove you’re in the right to import the substance and should be allowed to keep the package.
In a sense, this is a trick. You also have a third implicit option: do nothing, don’t reply, ignore the letter.
Why Ignore The Letter
The truth is anyone can send a controlled substance to any name and address of their choosing. If all it took to get someone in trouble was sending them such a parcel, wouldn’t everyone be posting things left, right, and center?
You could send a bit of modafinil to your boss, to your ex, or to that neighbor you don’t like. It would much too easy to impose some serious hardship on them all.
If customs doesn’t hear back from you, after 30 days they will default to option one and destroy the package. Good news, case closed.
But the better news is that the odds you getting your next shipment through are now even greater. If there was only a 3% chance of your first order being seized, you have about a 0.1% chance of two seizures in a row. Those are some very slim odds.
How to Order Modafinil On the Internet
The best way to proceed when buying modafinil online is to:
- Get only small amounts that are clearly for personal use. Don’t order 10 lbs at a time.
- If you do get a letter from customs, ignore it as if the parcel wasn’t something you bought.
In the latter case, as long as you ordered from a reputable source, you should have a choice of either a free re-shipment or full refund. Besides a delay in getting your modafinil, no harm was done.