Last year several people were killed in parcel bomb explosions in China. Seventeen bombs went off and killed seven people and injured dozens.
Afterwards there was a fear that this event might cripple the e-commerce economy in the country. The Chinese government followed up the horrific parcel bombs with new legislation.
It is now supposed to be illegal to send parcels under a false name. The authoritities are going to verify everyone's names before they can send a package. That way they hope to prevent future parcel bombs or att least be able to track down the responsible people.
Mr Tomato Stew
Tech in Asia today reports that the real-name delivery rules are an absolute joke. Basically the rules are not enforced when tested.
A reporter at a Chinese newspaper tested the new rules and sent some snacks using just his last name. The parcel was accepted and not inspected. Trying seven different delivery services only one asked the reporter for his ID.
Finally he went a little crazy and tried sending something under the name "Tomato Stew", and everything went through without any questions.
This test is both good and bad news, the bad news is of course that the legislation apparently doesn't work. E-commerce businesses i China have however been afraid that the new rules might slow down the delivery of parcels. This fear is, as the test shows, not a concern right now as everything seems to be going through.