Yep, they won't let their products be exported across international boundaries .
This is not exclusive to Specialized, many companies in many fields do not allow cross border sales...
Fox Shox does it, Santa Cruz does it, etc, etc.
Pretty much agree with the general consensus. My beef with them is that no matter what you go into a shop looking for they end up shoving a Specialized product down your throat before you even finish telling them what you were looking for in particular. I went in for some Fizik microtex in white specifically so it wouldnt get dirty as easily/often, and the shop guy tried to talk me into black Specialized tape even though i mentioned several times i wanted white, and that i wanted it to match my white saddle. BTW i dont dislike Spedialized products, i ride a Romin carbon saddle and like it a lot, as well as having an Allez for awhile. I just dont agree with the way they push so hard and basically dismiss other brands in my personal experiences
Really this is an issue with your lbs or that sales person being bad at his job.
I know this thread is about hating Specialized and all but they aren't really doing things that others In the cycling industry or other industries haven't done or are doing...