Cross-border postal rates going up July 1 for many shippers

Cross-border shipping rates will increase for many U.S. shippers on July 1 as countries begin to self-declare postal rates based on the deal reached by the Universal Postal Union (UPU) in September.

Consolidators, postage sellers and other cross-border service providers, including Ascendia, DHL eCommerce, EasyPost, FedEx Cross Border, Passport Shipping, Pitney Bowes, Shippo, Stamps.com, UPS Mail Innovations among others, received new contracts from USPS in late May. But many have yet to alert shippers of the change, Kate Muth, executive director of the International Mailers Advisory Group (IMAG), told Supply Chain Dive.

Without explicit communication from service providers, shippers may be confused as to when and whether their rates will go up. “Anyone who is a bulk shipper, your rates are going up,” Muth said.

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