September 2, 2019 —
eBay, which relies heavily on cross-border trade, warned sellers of a possible disruption to international mail delivery if the United States pulls out of the Universal Postal Union (UPU) next month. The UPU consists of members from 192 countries, including the US.
At the heart of the issue is UPU Terminal Dues, which influences how much a shipper on one country will pay to have a small package delivered to a recipient in another country. Since it’s not efficient for each country to negotiate with every other country the rates at which they will deliver mail from their citizens, the UPU sets terminal dues for cross-border deliveries among its member countries.