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Postal Remuneration Boring but Important

UPU Postal Remuneration is Boring but Important

Another meeting of the UPU on postal remuneration of terminal dues occurred April 9th. Most likely, you didn’t hear about it. Often times the UPU is not that interesting, but whats happening now could change eCommerce and the global economy for years to come. The UPU (Universal Postal Union) coordinates postal policies of 192 countries. The UPU uses postal remuneration to help developing countries by subsidizing more prosperous countries with terminal dues. As a result the wealthier countries pay a higher share of the costs. Countries are placed in nine different categories based on their level of development. The rates developing countries pay are usually far lower than rates paid by domestic shippers in more developed countries. In some cases, terminal dues are so low that that developed countries like the U.S. actually lose money on mail sent to them internationally from less developed countries like… China?

The USPS is Subsidizing Chinese eCommerce

The UPU categorizes China as a developing country entitling them to huge international postal discounts. China is however, the world’s largest exporter and the second largest economy in the world. The deluge of eCommerce packages from China is costing the USPS, Canada Post, and other international postal services too much. Mail services for small packages shipped from China to the US cost significantly less than what USPS charges American mailers for a domestic service. At the same time, local companies are losing business because they cannot compete with the subsidized postal costs their Chinese competitors benefit from.

The U.S. Will Leave the UPU

The United States must find the UPU Postal Remuneration boring too. Last Year, the U.S. informed the UPU of its decision to withdraw effective 1/1/2020. No doubt, this got the attention of the UPU. An extraordinary postal congress happened September of 2018 with a second meeting this week and another scheduled this September. If a resolution is not found, the US would unilaterally set postal rates for packages entering the United States or increase tariffs again. The postal services and local businesses of countries continue to lose money on eCommerce packages from AliBaba, Ebay, Wish, etc. The USPS loses about $1 on every eCommerce package arriving from China. If a resolution is not found, the impact to the postal systems of the world and global trade will suffer. Imagine the largest economy in the world setting the postal rates of their biggest competitor.

Another Boring UPU Meeting that will Impact the Global Economy

Again, there was another boring UPU meeting this week. So what happened at the meeting? In short, not enough. There are three options being weighed by 192 countries with a vote coming this September. First, allow member countries to self-declare postal rates. Second, accelerate rate increases already approved by the UPU. Finally, the third option that also adopts self-declared rates as its basis, but with elements aimed at mitigating undue price impacts. The next postal remuneration meeting planned September 23-24, impacts every country.  Leaving the UPU now has many unknown consequences. For the USPS, leaving the UPU means negotiating individual postal agreements with every country in the world. That’s a logistical nightmare, in a boring sort of way. 

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Postal Remuneration Boring but Important

UPU Postal Remuneration is Boring but Important

Another meeting of the UPU on postal remuneration of terminal dues occurred April 9th. Most likely, you didn’t hear about it. Often times the UPU is not that interesting, but whats happening now could change eCommerce and the global economy for years to come. The UPU (Universal Postal Union) coordinates postal policies of 192 countries. The UPU uses postal remuneration to help developing countries by subsidizing more prosperous countries with terminal dues. As a result the wealthier countries pay a higher share of the costs. Countries are placed in nine different categories based on their level of development. The rates developing countries pay are usually far lower than rates paid by domestic shippers in more developed countries. In some cases, terminal dues are so low that that developed countries like the U.S. actually lose money on mail sent to them internationally from less developed countries like… China?

The USPS is Subsidizing Chinese eCommerce

The UPU categorizes China as a developing country entitling them to huge international postal discounts. China is however, the world’s largest exporter and the second largest economy in the world. The deluge of eCommerce packages from China is costing the USPS, Canada Post, and other international postal services too much. Mail services for small packages shipped from China to the US cost significantly less than what USPS charges American mailers for a domestic service. At the same time, local companies are losing business because they cannot compete with the subsidized postal costs their Chinese competitors benefit from.

The U.S. Will Leave the UPU

The United States must find the UPU Postal Remuneration boring too. Last Year, the U.S. informed the UPU of its decision to withdraw effective 1/1/2020. No doubt, this got the attention of the UPU. An extraordinary postal congress happened September of 2018 with a second meeting this week and another scheduled this September. If a resolution is not found, the US would unilaterally set postal rates for packages entering the United States or increase tariffs again. The postal services and local businesses of countries continue to lose money on eCommerce packages from AliBaba, Ebay, Wish, etc. The USPS loses about $1 on every eCommerce package arriving from China. If a resolution is not found, the impact to the postal systems of the world and global trade will suffer. Imagine the largest economy in the world setting the postal rates of their biggest competitor.

Another Boring UPU Meeting that will Impact the Global Economy

Again, there was another boring UPU meeting this week. So what happened at the meeting? In short, not enough. There are three options being weighed by 192 countries with a vote coming this September. First, allow member countries to self-declare postal rates. Second, accelerate rate increases already approved by the UPU. Finally, the third option that also adopts self-declared rates as its basis, but with elements aimed at mitigating undue price impacts. The next postal remuneration meeting planned September 23-24, impacts every country.  Leaving the UPU now has many unknown consequences. For the USPS, leaving the UPU means negotiating individual postal agreements with every country in the world. That’s a logistical nightmare, in a boring sort of way. 

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Leaving the UPU Universal Postal Union

The USA is Leaving the UPU (Universal Postal Union)

The White House announced it is leaving a 144 year old global postal agreement due to the current trade war with China. China benefits from significantly lower postage costs thanks to a decades old agreement to help poor and developing nations with lower postage rates. China is now the second largest economy in the world, and China should no longer be classified as a poor or developing country. Something must be done to level the playing field, but leaving the UPU only stands to isolate the US.  Many other countries, including all US allies, are facing the same inequities and are working with the UPU to negotiate fair terminal dues. With the US withdrawing, China now has one less party voting for a fair deal.

Leaving the UPU May Severely Damage the USPS

For the USPS, leaving the UPU would mean negotiating individual postal agreements with 190 countries. The US withdrawal from the UPU gives the USPS 12 months to do that. Negotiating on our own rather than collectively with other countries would likely lead to higher export prices. It’s a logistical nightmare waiting to happen, and the USPS will bear the brunt of it. The USPS has been losing money delivering below-cost items from China, but it may get worse. They may lose the international business altogether to private delivery companies like FedEx and UPS. These private companies were influential in the White House’s decision to withdraw from the UPU. The private companies already have negotiated rates in place to take shares of the multi-billion dollar business. They stand to benefit at the expense of the United States Postal Service.

Trade War with China

Leaving the UPU may just be another threat in order to garner attention to an ongoing issue, the trade war with China.  The White House has been withdrawing the US from international agreements at an alarming rate. (NAFTA, The Trans-Pacific Partnership, The Iran deal, Treaty of Amity, The Paris Climate Accords, UNESCO, International Coffee Agreement, Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces treaty …) New agreements have been made with small concessions, and newly established agreements are the same long standing agreements branded differently. Perhaps this will be another aggrandizing move that changes little or nothing, but there is a lot at stake.

One Year to Create New Postal Agreements

Withdrawing from the UPU will take a year. This is not enough time to create 190 bilateral postal agreements with all the countries of the world, but it is certainly enough time, along with our allies in the rest of the world, to negotiate fair terminal dues with China. Withdrawing from the UPU will only benefit a few large private delivery companies (UPS, FedEx, DHL.) The costs to US businesses that ship overseas, US consumers, and the USPS are too great to risk. The US is one of the founding members of the UPU, a union of nearly every country in the world that has benefited billions for 144 years. Leaving the UPU now has many unknown consequences, and it only stands to benefit a small amount of people. Diplomacy is the best solution for America. Along with our allies, we need to negotiate a better deal.

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Leaving the UPU Universal Postal Union

The USA is Leaving the UPU (Universal Postal Union)

The White House announced it is leaving a 144 year old global postal agreement due to the current trade war with China. China benefits from significantly lower postage costs thanks to a decades old agreement to help poor and developing nations with lower postage rates. China is now the second largest economy in the world, and China should no longer be classified as a poor or developing country. Something must be done to level the playing field, but leaving the UPU only stands to isolate the US.  Many other countries, including all US allies, are facing the same inequities and are working with the UPU to negotiate fair terminal dues. With the US withdrawing, China now has one less party voting for a fair deal.

Leaving the UPU May Severely Damage the USPS

For the USPS, leaving the UPU would mean negotiating individual postal agreements with 190 countries. The US withdrawal from the UPU gives the USPS 12 months to do that. Negotiating on our own rather than collectively with other countries would likely lead to higher export prices. It’s a logistical nightmare waiting to happen, and the USPS will bear the brunt of it. The USPS has been losing money delivering below-cost items from China, but it may get worse. They may lose the international business altogether to private delivery companies like FedEx and UPS. These private companies were influential in the White House’s decision to withdraw from the UPU. The private companies already have negotiated rates in place to take shares of the multi-billion dollar business. They stand to benefit at the expense of the United States Postal Service.

Trade War with China

Leaving the UPU may just be another threat in order to garner attention to an ongoing issue, the trade war with China.  The White House has been withdrawing the US from international agreements at an alarming rate. (NAFTA, The Trans-Pacific Partnership, The Iran deal, Treaty of Amity, The Paris Climate Accords, UNESCO, International Coffee Agreement, Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces treaty …) New agreements have been made with small concessions, and newly established agreements are the same long standing agreements branded differently. Perhaps this will be another aggrandizing move that changes little or nothing, but there is a lot at stake.

One Year to Create New Postal Agreements

Withdrawing from the UPU will take a year. This is not enough time to create 190 bilateral postal agreements with all the countries of the world, but it is certainly enough time, along with our allies in the rest of the world, to negotiate fair terminal dues with China. Withdrawing from the UPU will only benefit a few large private delivery companies (UPS, FedEx, DHL.) The costs to US businesses that ship overseas, US consumers, and the USPS are too great to risk. The US is one of the founding members of the UPU, a union of nearly every country in the world that has benefited billions for 144 years. Leaving the UPU now has many unknown consequences, and it only stands to benefit a small amount of people. Diplomacy is the best solution for America. Along with our allies, we need to negotiate a better deal.

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The Impact of Tariffs & Mailing China

The Impact of Tariffs

America has been the leader of the global free trade for decades, but that is beginning to change. The United States has levied tariffs on all 5 of our largest trading partners. Canada, China, Japan, Europe, and China. All but Japan have retaliated with tariffs of their own. Tariffs are a ultimately a tax on American consumers and businesses.

International Mail Companies & The Auto Industry

So far, there is no impact to international mail, but if trade declines between countries so will mail volumes.  The tariffs are likely to have the biggest impact to the automotive industry. Automobiles are the US’s 3rd largest export. The majority of US auto exports are sent to our largest trading partners (Canada, China, Mexico, and Germany.) The tariffs will likely decrease exports, and in the long term move manufacturing to other countries. The EU has imposed tariffs on $3.2 billion of US imports, and some predictions are that tariffs could rise to $300 billion if a resolution cannot be reached.

The tariffs are designed to increase manufacturing and consumption of domestic goods. A decrease in imports also come at a cost. US ports and border crossings would being doing less business. The creation of new manufacturing jobs would likely come at the expense of the rail, bridge, and port businesses.

Cost of Postage to Canada

The cost of postage to Canada has not changed. Canada has long been our largest trading partner and closest ally. In retaliation to tariffs being applied to goods from our largest trading partner, Canada has imposed tariffs of their own on $12.6 billion worth of US products. Most notable is the 25% tariff on US Steel, but a wide variety of products are now subject to a 10% tariff. See the items detailed below:

Aluminum / Yogurt / Coffee / Beef / Maple Syrup / Candy & Chocolates / Pizza / Cucumbers / Strawberry Jam / Orange Juice / Ketchup / Mayonnaise / Salad Dressing / Condiments & Sauces / Whiskies / Candles / Dishwasher Detergents / Glues & Adhesives / Insecticides / Fungicides / Herbicides / Plastic bags / Table & Kitchenware / Plywood / Toilet Paper / Handkerchiefs / Facial Tissues / Towels / Tablecloths / Printed Postcards / Greeting Cards / Cast Iron Grilles / Refrigerators / Water Heaters / Dish Washers / Lawn Mowers / Dryers / Boats / Chairs / Mattresses / Pillows & Cushions / Bedding / Playing Cards / Pens

Mailing China

Chinese imports benefit from low postage rates to the US. Often times it is less costly to send mail from China than to mail domestically within the United States. Export postage to China is drastically higher than what it costs to import from China. There are some discounted rates available, especially for savvy print & e-Commerce companies. ( Learn more  ) This coupled with high tariffs on many US goods has resulted in a large trade deficit. It does however, keep prices competitive and domestic producers searching for new innovations.

July 6th saw a 25 percent tariff on 818 Chinese imports, worth $34 billion a year. China retaliated with tariffs of their own. There is evidence that China subsidizes key industries allowing state-owned businesses to overproduce and undercut market prices. They also force foreign companies that want to do business in China to share key technologies. The consensus from economists is that tariffs are not a viable solution. The best solution may come from the WTO. The United States should enlist the help of our largest trading allies Europe, Canada, Japan to push for changes in the Chinese government’s economic scheming. China usually complies with WTO ordered remedies, and the US wins about 90% of the cases they present to the WTO against them.

History has proven that there are no winners in a trade war. There is a delicate balance. It makes sense to negotiate tariff rates as part of trade deals, but we cannot risk a global economic trade war.

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The Impact of Tariffs & Mailing China

The Impact of Tariffs

America has been the leader of the global free trade for decades, but that is beginning to change. The United States has levied tariffs on all 5 of our largest trading partners. Canada, China, Japan, Europe, and China. All but Japan have retaliated with tariffs of their own. Tariffs are a ultimately a tax on American consumers and businesses.

International Mail Companies & The Auto Industry

So far, there is no impact to international mail, but if trade declines between countries so will mail volumes.  The tariffs are likely to have the biggest impact to the automotive industry. Automobiles are the US’s 3rd largest export. The majority of US auto exports are sent to our largest trading partners (Canada, China, Mexico, and Germany.) The tariffs will likely decrease exports, and in the long term move manufacturing to other countries. The EU has imposed tariffs on $3.2 billion of US imports, and some predictions are that tariffs could rise to $300 billion if a resolution cannot be reached.

The tariffs are designed to increase manufacturing and consumption of domestic goods. A decrease in imports also come at a cost. US ports and border crossings would being doing less business. The creation of new manufacturing jobs would likely come at the expense of the rail, bridge, and port businesses.

Cost of Postage to Canada

The cost of postage to Canada has not changed. Canada has long been our largest trading partner and closest ally. In retaliation to tariffs being applied to goods from our largest trading partner, Canada has imposed tariffs of their own on $12.6 billion worth of US products. Most notable is the 25% tariff on US Steel, but a wide variety of products are now subject to a 10% tariff. See the items detailed below:

Aluminum / Yogurt / Coffee / Beef / Maple Syrup / Candy & Chocolates / Pizza / Cucumbers / Strawberry Jam / Orange Juice / Ketchup / Mayonnaise / Salad Dressing / Condiments & Sauces / Whiskies / Candles / Dishwasher Detergents / Glues & Adhesives / Insecticides / Fungicides / Herbicides / Plastic bags / Table & Kitchenware / Plywood / Toilet Paper / Handkerchiefs / Facial Tissues / Towels / Tablecloths / Printed Postcards / Greeting Cards / Cast Iron Grilles / Refrigerators / Water Heaters / Dish Washers / Lawn Mowers / Dryers / Boats / Chairs / Mattresses / Pillows & Cushions / Bedding / Playing Cards / Pens

Mailing China

Chinese imports benefit from low postage rates to the US. Often times it is less costly to send mail from China than to mail domestically within the United States. Export postage to China is drastically higher than what it costs to import from China. There are some discounted rates available, especially for savvy print & e-Commerce companies. ( Learn more  ) This coupled with high tariffs on many US goods has resulted in a large trade deficit. It does however, keep prices competitive and domestic producers searching for new innovations.

July 6th saw a 25 percent tariff on 818 Chinese imports, worth $34 billion a year. China retaliated with tariffs of their own. There is evidence that China subsidizes key industries allowing state-owned businesses to overproduce and undercut market prices. They also force foreign companies that want to do business in China to share key technologies. The consensus from economists is that tariffs are not a viable solution. The best solution may come from the WTO. The United States should enlist the help of our largest trading allies Europe, Canada, Japan to push for changes in the Chinese government’s economic scheming. China usually complies with WTO ordered remedies, and the US wins about 90% of the cases they present to the WTO against them.

History has proven that there are no winners in a trade war. There is a delicate balance. It makes sense to negotiate tariff rates as part of trade deals, but we cannot risk a global economic trade war.

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Direct Mail Around the World

Global Direct Mail Marketing with Atlas International Mail

A successful direct mail international marketing strategy needs to fits your businesses’ database needs and comply with the addressing guidelines of the originating country and the destination countries. To help you connect effectively mailings must be sent from the most efficient origination point. The handling and processing of UAA (Undeliverable-as-Addressed) mail costs the USPS more than $1 billion annually. UAA also affects the timeliness of mail delivery. For better targeting it is necessary to use the cleanest and most up-to-date address lists possible. This also prevents duplication, saves money, and reduces waste.

Ensuring Delivery and Increasing your ROI

Our lettershop and database services optimize mailing formats. Consequently, this ensures targeted personal forms of address that get your mailing to your target group. This also minimizes undeliverable mail, and increases your ROI. We also provide international address correction and standardization, database maintenance, addressing, many other services you need for a successful global mailing campaign.

Furthermore, we offer a variety of delivery options to prepare and deliver your mailings in a timely and cost effective manner. You also get easy same day pickup and we complete all required customs documentation. There are no contracts, hidden fees or fuel surcharges. Finally, because of the current global market conditions, our already discounted international postage rates have gone down even further.

Atlas International Mail has over 25 years of experience distributing direct marketing campaigns internationally. We provide the cross-border expertise you need to ensure a successful mailing.

We are available with knowledge and advice to help you:
• Minimize your postage costs
• Reduce undeliverable mail waste
• Increase your response rates
• Maximize your return on investment

No matter where your customers are located or what language their address is written in we can find a solution that works for you. You can reach us anytime for a free no obligation quote. info@atlas-mail.com or 800-852-0889

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Direct Mail Around the World

Global Direct Mail Marketing with Atlas International Mail

A successful direct mail international marketing strategy needs to fits your businesses’ database needs and comply with the addressing guidelines of the originating country and the destination countries. To help you connect effectively mailings must be sent from the most efficient origination point. The handling and processing of UAA (Undeliverable-as-Addressed) mail costs the USPS more than $1 billion annually. UAA also affects the timeliness of mail delivery. For better targeting it is necessary to use the cleanest and most up-to-date address lists possible. This also prevents duplication, saves money, and reduces waste.

Ensuring Delivery and Increasing your ROI

Our lettershop and database services optimize mailing formats. Consequently, this ensures targeted personal forms of address that get your mailing to your target group. This also minimizes undeliverable mail, and increases your ROI. We also provide international address correction and standardization, database maintenance, addressing, many other services you need for a successful global mailing campaign.

Furthermore, we offer a variety of delivery options to prepare and deliver your mailings in a timely and cost effective manner. You also get easy same day pickup and we complete all required customs documentation. There are no contracts, hidden fees or fuel surcharges. Finally, because of the current global market conditions, our already discounted international postage rates have gone down even further.

Atlas International Mail has over 25 years of experience distributing direct marketing campaigns internationally. We provide the cross-border expertise you need to ensure a successful mailing.

We are available with knowledge and advice to help you:
• Minimize your postage costs
• Reduce undeliverable mail waste
• Increase your response rates
• Maximize your return on investment

No matter where your customers are located or what language their address is written in we can find a solution that works for you. You can reach us anytime for a free no obligation quote. info@atlas-mail.com or 800-852-0889

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Grow your Business in Emerging Markets

E-commerce Parcel Delivery

It’s time to increase your global sales. The four largest emerging markets, the BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India and China) are the fastest developing economies in the world. The burgeoning middle classes in these emerging markets make them the best for e-commerce growth. China alone, accounts for 40% of the world’s total e-commerce.  Atlas offers customized solutions to reach customers in these critical markets.

Don’t be left behind, by 2020, nearly 2 billion emerging market consumers will be spending as much as $30 trillion.  Already, more than 80% of online consumers live outside the US. The limited range of international products from eCommerce companies in emerging markets drives demand for global parcel delivery. With improved delivery routes, emerging market E-commerce parcel delivery is expanding at triple the domestic rate.  Atlas offers an assortment of cost-efficient shipping services for all your goods and parcels. Customized solutions include track & trace services, automated completion of customs export documentation,  and prepayment of duties & taxes.

International Marketing Mail

Marketing Mail has a high acceptance level and can help you get a foothold in emerging markets. Above all it catches customers attention and shows them that you are different. Even more, customers are personally addressed with a  1 to 1 marketing communication. Therefore it ensures that your company stays in their memory. It is also less costly than TV commercials, better targeted than magazine or newspaper advertising, and is an excellent complement to a multi-channel marketing campaign.

Atlas offers a variety of delivery methods to ensure your marketing campaigns are a success. We offer direct entry giving your campaign the benefit of a local or regional identity. We also provide international address correction and standardization, complete all the required customs documentation, and offer same day pickup anywhere in the US.

Also, you can follow the links below, and learn more about Atlas’s services.

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Grow your Business in Emerging Markets

E-commerce Parcel Delivery

It’s time to increase your global sales. The four largest emerging markets, the BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India and China) are the fastest developing economies in the world. The burgeoning middle classes in these emerging markets make them the best for e-commerce growth. China alone, accounts for 40% of the world’s total e-commerce.  Atlas offers customized solutions to reach customers in these critical markets.

Don’t be left behind, by 2020, nearly 2 billion emerging market consumers will be spending as much as $30 trillion.  Already, more than 80% of online consumers live outside the US. The limited range of international products from eCommerce companies in emerging markets drives demand for global parcel delivery. With improved delivery routes, emerging market E-commerce parcel delivery is expanding at triple the domestic rate.  Atlas offers an assortment of cost-efficient shipping services for all your goods and parcels. Customized solutions include track & trace services, automated completion of customs export documentation,  and prepayment of duties & taxes.

International Marketing Mail

Marketing Mail has a high acceptance level and can help you get a foothold in emerging markets. Above all it catches customers attention and shows them that you are different. Even more, customers are personally addressed with a  1 to 1 marketing communication. Therefore it ensures that your company stays in their memory. It is also less costly than TV commercials, better targeted than magazine or newspaper advertising, and is an excellent complement to a multi-channel marketing campaign.

Atlas offers a variety of delivery methods to ensure your marketing campaigns are a success. We offer direct entry giving your campaign the benefit of a local or regional identity. We also provide international address correction and standardization, complete all the required customs documentation, and offer same day pickup anywhere in the US.

Also, you can follow the links below, and learn more about Atlas’s services.

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