State Dept. Backs Plan for U.S. to Set Own Global Package Rates

The U.S. would be allowed to set its own rates for the delivery of small international packages while still remaining in the 192-country Universal Postal Union under a plan pushed by the State Department.

President Donald Trump announced on Oct. 17, 2018, that the U.S. was starting the one-year withdrawal process from the postal union, a 145-year-old United Nations organization that regulates global mail delivery. But if the postal union could overhaul its rules, the president said, the U.S. would rescind the notice and remain.

The State Department-backed proposal was discussed Thursday at a meeting of the federal Advisory Committee on International Postal and Delivery Services, led by Joseph Murphy, unit chief at the State Department’s Bureau of International Organization Affairs. Committee members include shippers and exporters as well as postal officials.

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