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The cost of sending parcels to the U.S. will increase? What impact will the U.S. withdrawal from the Universal Postal Union have on postage?

by:VIPUTRANS     2021-03-12
On October 17, local time in the United States, the White House issued a statement stating that the United States will begin the process of withdrawing from the Universal Postal Union (UPU) with immediate effect. The White House Press Office stated that if the existing agreement of the Universal Postal Union (UPU) cannot be amended to benefit the United States within one year (mainly renegotiating international postal fees with the Universal Postal Union), then the United States will withdraw. The organization. This is the Trump administration once again 'withdrawing from the group' after withdrawing from the Paris Climate Agreement, UNESCO and other agreements or international organizations. Slightly different from the previous few 'withdrawal groupsBelieved to harm the interests of the United States. So what organization is the Universal Postal Union? In the international postal service, there is something called terminal dues. What is the terminal fee? You live in country A and your friend Xiao Zhi lives in country B. Xiaozhi's birthday, you want to send him a gift. Then this gift needs to go through two steps from your hand to Xiaozhi's hand: 1. You go to the post of country A to pay the postage, and the post of country A will send the thing to country B. 2. Country B will deliver the things to Xiaozhi. Country B will certainly not serve you for free, which involves the so-called terminal fee. In other words, you pay to the post of country A, and the post of country A pays the terminal fee to the post of country B. How is the terminal fee set? This is the origin of the Universal Postal Union (Universal Postal Union). The Universal Postal Union (UPU), abbreviated as 'Universal Postal Union' or 'UPU\Headquartered in Bern, the capital of Switzerland. Its purpose is to organize and improve international postal services, develop international cooperation in postal services, and provide postal technical assistance requested by member states within the limits of its ability. The UPU has 192 member states. It holds a conference every 4 years to negotiate a terminal fee, one country, one vote, and implementation within 18 months after voting. Because the terminal fee is formulated based on ordinary democratic principles, not elite principles. Therefore, the formulation of this terminal fee does not reflect the economic conditions of each country, but reflects the general wishes. Based on the principle of supporting international exchanges among developing countries, developed countries have also agreed to keep terminal fees at a low level for a long time. But a reality that established this principle back then was that people sent more letters at that time, but now everyone doesn't send letters much. International communication can be achieved through e-mail or even social software. More online shopping products appear in international mail. Speaking of which, presumably smart readers and friends already know why Trump is so troubled with postage. Because China, as a developing country, enjoys lower terminal fees. And China is also a big Internet business country. Chinese goods are inherently high-quality and inexpensive, but the U.S. Postal Service has to help Chinese people carry things at low prices. Trump felt that the Chinese took advantage of the U.S. Post! So how does he 'make America great again' in the postal field? It is to increase the price of China's terminal fees. In 2017, Americans increased postage. For 'countries with the largest number of parcels sent to the United StatesBut even so, the U.S. Post is still losing money. So the Trump administration still wants to continue to increase money. However, experts say that this approach cannot fundamentally change the reality that Chinese goods are cheap and good, and that 'the American consumers are really punished.' Cross-border e-commerce may be affected. In fact, as early as August this year, Trump signed an order instructing the United States Postal Service to cancel international postal discounts and renegotiate international postal fees through the Universal Postal Union to prevent low-cost foreign goods. Earth flooded into the United States. Industry experts believe that the US move is more aimed at China's cross-border e-commerce. As a developing country, China has always enjoyed low terminal fees in international mail. At the same time, China is also a big Internet business country, occupying a huge world market share. The United States happens to be one of the largest buyers of Chinese e-commerce. In 2018, Chinese e-commerce sales in the United States have reached approximately US$80 billion. The cross-border e-commerce industry was in an uproar as soon as the news of the US 'retirement' came out. Industry insiders pointed out that the 'withdrawal' of the United States means that the postage of small parcels to the United States will have to increase in the future. Under the Universal Postal Union system, there is a letter channel for global mailing. This channel was originally set up for sending letters and the transportation cost is relatively low. Since this channel is mainly billed by weight, many small businesses use the channel to transport small packages through the channel. As long as the weight is within the set weight range, the goods can be shipped to various countries at low prices, which is why many Small commodities can play the slogan 'Global Free Shipping'. This move in the United States not only affects small businesses, but also affects many listed companies involved in cross-border business.
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