Importing Kratom? If yes, read this post.

Kratom Leaves

Kratom (Mitragyna Speciosa) leaves, photo by Manuel Jebauer on Wikipedia

What is Kratom
Kratom is a plant found in Thailand and Malaysia and grown naturally. In the US, Kratom is typically sold in smoke shops as a powder that is used in tea to slow the effects of opioid withdrawal. Kratom is also believed to relieve fatigue, pain, cough and diarrhea. Kratom is sometimes used recreationally for its euphoric effects.

What is the problem with Kratom?
In November of 2017, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) cited 36 deaths from consumers who used Kratom to ease their opioid withdraw symptoms. Additionally the FDA said consumption of Kratom also causes risks for abuse, addiction and in some instances death as opiods. As of February 18, 2017, the current Kratom related death count is 44 according to FDA spokesperson Lyndsay Meyer.

Is Kratom safe?
Previous studies of Kratom performed in Asia do not link Kratom in its pure form to  any deaths. It is believed the lack of quality control in the US can lead to the dangerous alterations of Kratom or addition of other drugs.

What about importing Kratom?
Back in November 2017, the FDA issued import alerts to stop the shipments of Kratom from entering the US. After the announcement, hundreds of shipments have already been detained and seized. Even with the import alert, it is estimated that there may be around 340 million packages of Kratom reaching the US each year.

See my most recent Kratom post here:

FDA issues new warning on Kratom – May 22, 2018.

If you have had shipments of Kratom seized by Customs and Border Protection, call experienced seizure attorney, David Hsu at 832.896.6288 or email

8 responses

      • Hong Kong is seizing shipment from Indonesia to Canada , I take it there’s no getting that back ?

      • Thanks for the question – most likely not. It is best to contact trade counsel in Hong Kong for assistance there. However, in general, most Customs authorities will not release goods back to the original shipper. Let me know if you have any further questions.

  1. My box of Kratom was seized by the FDA..but 2 weeks ago they turned it over to customs. It is in California a legal state. Kratom is legal in Idaho. Congress protected the import of Kratom this past year in their opiate bill. Will I ever get my kratom? What will the customs do with it?

  2. Yes Thank You for your reply. As I said in my return email I am hoping that the American Kratom Association will be able to share the science to the new FDA Commissioner.

  3. I am a farmer and my kratom supplier is Indonesian. I have quite a lot of kratom and it’s still original …
    can you help to find a bulk supplier.

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