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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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UPU Extraordinary Postal Congress

The Universal Postal Union is holding an Extraordinary Postal Congress in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia this week. This may have a drastic impact on international eCommerce. The UPU coordinate rates and standards between every national postal system, and has been a vital to international structure since 1874. Crucial reforms are needed for terminal dues if the US is going to be able be competitive in both global and domestic eCommerce.

Terminal Dues

The UPU uses a system 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 positioned 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 US actually lose money on mail sent to them internationally. The Extraordinary Postal Congress meeting may result in significant changes to how some countries are positioned.

China Has an Unfair Advantage

The UPU categorizes China as a category three economy entitling them to huge international postal discounts. China is however, the second largest economy in the world. This allows Chinese retailers to undercut American retailers by very wide margins. The Chinese economy is benefiting at the expensive of US retailers and the United States Postal Service. The USPS loses an estimated $1 on every small package that arrives from China. In Fact, mail services for small packages shipped from China to the US cost significantly less than what USPS charges American mailers for a comparable service.

The Cost to American E commerce and the USPS

Terminal dues on items from China to the US average $1 per Kilogram. As a result, USPS received less compensation for a China Post package moved from a Los Angeles port to its final destination inland, than it would have from someone in Los Angeles who sent an identical package within the United States. Costing the China Post less than the price of a U.S. stamp. Conversely, it is far more expensive to send a similar package to China. The Extraordinary Postal Congress gives us an opportunity to change China’s unfair trade advantage with the US.

UPU Can Influence Fair Trade

The Extraordinary Postal Congress convened in an effort to reform the UPU. Just 1 of 192 countries invited is the US. This give us a small voice in a big crowd. It is vital the we work with our allies to influence the UPU to categorize China as the developed country that it is. Finally this would create fairer trade between China and the rest of the developed world.

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Extraordinary Postal Congress

UPU Extraordinary Postal Congress

The Universal Postal Union is holding an Extraordinary Postal Congress in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia this week. This may have a drastic impact on international eCommerce. The UPU coordinate rates and standards between every national postal system, and has been a vital to international structure since 1874. Crucial reforms are needed for terminal dues if the US is going to be able be competitive in both global and domestic eCommerce.

Terminal Dues

The UPU uses a system 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 positioned 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 US actually lose money on mail sent to them internationally. The Extraordinary Postal Congress meeting may result in significant changes to how some countries are positioned.

China Has an Unfair Advantage

The UPU categorizes China as a category three economy entitling them to huge international postal discounts. China is however, the second largest economy in the world. This allows Chinese retailers to undercut American retailers by very wide margins. The Chinese economy is benefiting at the expensive of US retailers and the United States Postal Service. The USPS loses an estimated $1 on every small package that arrives from China. In Fact, mail services for small packages shipped from China to the US cost significantly less than what USPS charges American mailers for a comparable service.

The Cost to American E commerce and the USPS

Terminal dues on items from China to the US average $1 per Kilogram. As a result, USPS received less compensation for a China Post package moved from a Los Angeles port to its final destination inland, than it would have from someone in Los Angeles who sent an identical package within the United States. Costing the China Post less than the price of a U.S. stamp. Conversely, it is far more expensive to send a similar package to China. The Extraordinary Postal Congress gives us an opportunity to change China’s unfair trade advantage with the US.

UPU Can Influence Fair Trade

The Extraordinary Postal Congress convened in an effort to reform the UPU. Just 1 of 192 countries invited is the US. This give us a small voice in a big crowd. It is vital the we work with our allies to influence the UPU to categorize China as the developed country that it is. Finally this would create fairer trade between China and the rest of the developed world.

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ePacket Service Expanded to 36 Countries

USPS ePacket Service Adds 5 More Countries

The USPS ePacket service expanded to 5 more countries. As a result ePacket service is now available to Austria, Greece, Norway, Poland, and Russia.  The service is for small packages weighing up to 4.4 pounds (2 kilos), and it is now available to 36 countries. Certainly the service has become popular with eCommerce companies.  Even more it provides the speed and transparency eCommerce customers demand, and allows businesses to track ePacket shipments all the way to a customer’s door.  Also the service is quite fast, and the average delivery speed is 4-7 business days. Similarly to the quick delivery and point to point tracking, the service is also very affordable. ePacket service costs up to 50% less than traditional first class package mail.  Another great thing is Atlas offers the service at a commercial discount, and the minimum requirement is only 30 pieces.

 

Delivery to 36 Countries and Counting

Atlas sends lightweight packages to the 36 countries below, and we are expecting that list to continue to expand rapidly. Therefore eCommerce customers depend on the service to keep delivery costs low and ensure their goods are quickly delivered across the globe.  Also, if you don’t see the country you’re looking for, don’t worry because we offer a variety of parcel services to over 180 countries across the globe.

  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Brazil
  • Canada
  • Croatia
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Gibraltar
  • Greece
  • Hong Kong
  • Hungary
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Korea (South)
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malaysia
  • Malta
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Russia
  • Singapore
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • United Kingdom

 

Russian Mail Service Offers High Potential

Expanding our Russian Mail service with ePacket tracking provides affordable opportunities to another BRIC country. Certainly the growing middle class offers high growth potential for new eCommerce customers. Service to Brazil has proven to be very lucrative for many US companies, and new services to India and China may be coming soon.

Tracking ePacket with USPS Delivery Confirmation

Need help tracking ePacket? Our International Parcel Services feature USPS services, direct access worldwide, and automated customs export documentation.  Even more customized solutions include ePacket tracking, parcel track & trace, and prepayment of duties and taxes are available. Also we offer a variety of delivery services and different levels of insurance protection.  So no matter where your customers are located, Atlas International can deliver the goods.  Finally if you have questions contact us for a free consultation and discover why Atlas is a leading ePacket shipping company.

Also, you can follow the links above, and learn more about Atlas’s services. Atlas International Mail has been in business since 1990 and have an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau. Furthermore, we provide easy same day pickup, and we complete all required customs documentation.  Best of all, we can do this for up to 50% less than the post office.

Above all, we make mailing ePackets easy. So, how do we make it easy? First of all, we never makes you sign a contract, so you will never be locked into a service you don’t want. Also, there are never any hidden fees or fuel charges. In addition to our upfront no-nonsense pricing, we also offer same day pickup. Finally, to make things as easy as possible, we also complete all required customs documentation. Hence, we make mailing parcels and ePackets easy.

Also, our already discounted international parcel and ePacket rates continue to improve due to changing global market conditions.

 

Epacket Tracking

Enter your tracking number(s) below to track your international epackets.

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ePacket Service Expanded to 36 Countries

USPS ePacket Service Adds 5 More Countries

The USPS ePacket service expanded to 5 more countries. As a result ePacket service is now available to Austria, Greece, Norway, Poland, and Russia.  The service is for small packages weighing up to 4.4 pounds (2 kilos), and it is now available to 36 countries. Certainly the service has become popular with eCommerce companies.  Even more it provides the speed and transparency eCommerce customers demand, and allows businesses to track ePacket shipments all the way to a customer’s door.  Also the service is quite fast, and the average delivery speed is 4-7 business days. Similarly to the quick delivery and point to point tracking, the service is also very affordable. ePacket service costs up to 50% less than traditional first class package mail.  Another great thing is Atlas offers the service at a commercial discount, and the minimum requirement is only 30 pieces.

 

Delivery to 36 Countries and Counting

Atlas sends lightweight packages to the 36 countries below, and we are expecting that list to continue to expand rapidly. Therefore eCommerce customers depend on the service to keep delivery costs low and ensure their goods are quickly delivered across the globe.  Also, if you don’t see the country you’re looking for, don’t worry because we offer a variety of parcel services to over 180 countries across the globe.

  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Brazil
  • Canada
  • Croatia
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Gibraltar
  • Greece
  • Hong Kong
  • Hungary
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Korea (South)
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malaysia
  • Malta
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Russia
  • Singapore
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • United Kingdom

 

Russian Mail Service Offers High Potential

Expanding our Russian Mail service with ePacket tracking provides affordable opportunities to another BRIC country. Certainly the growing middle class offers high growth potential for new eCommerce customers. Service to Brazil has proven to be very lucrative for many US companies, and new services to India and China may be coming soon.

Tracking ePacket with USPS Delivery Confirmation

Need help tracking ePacket? Our International Parcel Services feature USPS services, direct access worldwide, and automated customs export documentation.  Even more customized solutions include ePacket tracking, parcel track & trace, and prepayment of duties and taxes are available. Also we offer a variety of delivery services and different levels of insurance protection.  So no matter where your customers are located, Atlas International can deliver the goods.  Finally if you have questions contact us for a free consultation and discover why Atlas is a leading ePacket shipping company.

Also, you can follow the links above, and learn more about Atlas’s services. Atlas International Mail has been in business since 1990 and have an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau. Furthermore, we provide easy same day pickup, and we complete all required customs documentation.  Best of all, we can do this for up to 50% less than the post office.

Above all, we make mailing ePackets easy. So, how do we make it easy? First of all, we never makes you sign a contract, so you will never be locked into a service you don’t want. Also, there are never any hidden fees or fuel charges. In addition to our upfront no-nonsense pricing, we also offer same day pickup. Finally, to make things as easy as possible, we also complete all required customs documentation. Hence, we make mailing parcels and ePackets easy.

Also, our already discounted international parcel and ePacket rates continue to improve due to changing global market conditions.

 

Epacket Tracking

Enter your tracking number(s) below to track your international epackets.

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ePackets, Parcel, & Direct Mailing Deadlines

Holiday Deadlines for 2017 ePackets, Parcels, & Direct Mailings

Finally the USPS has released their International Holiday Shipping guidelines. So if you’re mailing an ePackets, Parcels, or sending a Direct Mailing time is of the essence.  For December 24th delivery, First Class and Priority Mail items need to be in the mail before the end of the week. Most importantly the international deadline are very soon. So if you have international mail send it ASAP.

DESTINATIONGLOBAL EXPRESS GUARANTEED® SERVICEPRIORITY MAIL EXPRESS INTERNATIONAL® SERVICEPRIORITY MAIL INTERNATIONAL® SERVICEFIRST-CLASS INTERNATIONAL® SERVICE
AfricaDec. 19Dec. 7Nov. 30Nov. 30
Asia / Pacific RimDec. 19Dec. 14Dec. 7Dec. 7
Australia / New ZealandDec. 19Dec. 14Dec. 7Dec. 7
CanadaDec. 21Dec. 16Dec. 9Dec. 7
CaribbeanDec. 21Dec. 14Dec. 9Dec. 7
Central & South AmericaDec. 20Dec. 9Nov. 30Nov. 30
MexicoDec. 20Dec. 14Dec. 7Dec. 7
EuropeDec. 20Dec. 14Dec. 9Dec. 7
Middle EastDec. 18Dec. 14Dec. 9Dec. 7

Delivering ePackets, Parcels, and Direct Mailings up to 50% off

In business since 1990, Atlas International continues to be a leading international mail service provider.  As a result our clients range from eCommerce startups and non-profits to popular direct marketers and vanguards of the Fortune 500.

Certainly our expertise in international addressing, discounting current US postage rates, and simplifying customs clearance has made Atlas a leader in global mailing services. Hence Atlas can deliver your ePackets, Parcels, and Direct Mailings quickly and affordably.  Also no matter where your recipients are located or what languages they speak, Atlas International has the international mailing solution for you.

Also with Atlas, you never have to sign a contract, and there are never any hidden fees or fuel surcharges.

Above all we provide no-nonsense mailing discounts to over 180 countries.

Minimums are surprisingly low.

Finally, if you have questions contact Atlas International for a free consultation 800-852-0889 or info@atlas-mail.com

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Also, you can follow the links above, and learn more about Atlas’s services. Atlas International Mail has been in business since 1990 and have an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau. As a result, we’ve helped hundreds of companies save on rising international postage rates. Also, we provide easy same day pickup, and we complete all required customs documentation.  Best of all, we can do this for up to 50% less than the post office.

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ePackets, Parcel, & Direct Mailing Deadlines

Holiday Deadlines for 2017 ePackets, Parcels, & Direct Mailings

Finally the USPS has released their International Holiday Shipping guidelines. So if you’re mailing an ePackets, Parcels, or sending a Direct Mailing time is of the essence.  For December 24th delivery, First Class and Priority Mail items need to be in the mail before the end of the week. Most importantly the international deadline are very soon. So if you have international mail send it ASAP.

DESTINATIONGLOBAL EXPRESS GUARANTEED® SERVICEPRIORITY MAIL EXPRESS INTERNATIONAL® SERVICEPRIORITY MAIL INTERNATIONAL® SERVICEFIRST-CLASS INTERNATIONAL® SERVICE
AfricaDec. 19Dec. 7Nov. 30Nov. 30
Asia / Pacific RimDec. 19Dec. 14Dec. 7Dec. 7
Australia / New ZealandDec. 19Dec. 14Dec. 7Dec. 7
CanadaDec. 21Dec. 16Dec. 9Dec. 7
CaribbeanDec. 21Dec. 14Dec. 9Dec. 7
Central & South AmericaDec. 20Dec. 9Nov. 30Nov. 30
MexicoDec. 20Dec. 14Dec. 7Dec. 7
EuropeDec. 20Dec. 14Dec. 9Dec. 7
Middle EastDec. 18Dec. 14Dec. 9Dec. 7

Delivering ePackets, Parcels, and Direct Mailings up to 50% off

In business since 1990, Atlas International continues to be a leading international mail service provider.  As a result our clients range from eCommerce startups and non-profits to popular direct marketers and vanguards of the Fortune 500.

Certainly our expertise in international addressing, discounting current US postage rates, and simplifying customs clearance has made Atlas a leader in global mailing services. Hence Atlas can deliver your ePackets, Parcels, and Direct Mailings quickly and affordably.  Also no matter where your recipients are located or what languages they speak, Atlas International has the international mailing solution for you.

Also with Atlas, you never have to sign a contract, and there are never any hidden fees or fuel surcharges.

Above all we provide no-nonsense mailing discounts to over 180 countries.

Minimums are surprisingly low.

Finally, if you have questions contact Atlas International for a free consultation 800-852-0889 or info@atlas-mail.com

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Previous Post

ePackets Service Expanded

The Best International Mail Services

 

Also, you can follow the links above, and learn more about Atlas’s services. Atlas International Mail has been in business since 1990 and have an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau. As a result, we’ve helped hundreds of companies save on rising international postage rates. Also, we provide easy same day pickup, and we complete all required customs documentation.  Best of all, we can do this for up to 50% less than the post office.