Support lacking for U.S. plan to self-declare parcel rates

A spokesman for the Universal Postal Union (UPU) confirmed that only about 15 percent of the forum’s 192 members support a Trump Administration plan allowing countries to self-declare rates on international packages weighing up to 4.4 pounds.

According to Bloomberg, the proposal was discussed on March 14 at a U.S. State Department committee meeting led by Joseph Murphy, head of the department’s International Postal Affairs group. Murphy advised the committee, Bloomberg noted, that so far about 30 member countries support the U.S. proposal – which would require a two-thirds vote of membership to approve – with a similar number supporting another option that would speed rate increases that the UPU has already approved.

“I think that provides a reasonable assessment of the situation at this moment in time,” David Dadge, a spokesman for the UPU, told FreightWaves. “Of course, we very much hope that the U.S. will remain a member of the Universal Postal Union. But as a UN Specialized Agency we also have to forge a consensus among all our 192 member countries.”

Negotiations on alternatives were initiated shortly thereafter. They included an amendment by which the United States would stay in the UPU as long as it – and other countries – were allowed to self-declare “terminal dues,” the rates traditionally determined by the UPU to be paid by the postal operator in the origin country to that of the destination country to compensate the destination country’s processing and delivery costs.

According to Bloomberg, the proposal was discussed on March 14 at a U.S. State Department committee meeting led by Joseph Murphy, head of the department’s International Postal Affairs group. Murphy advised the committee, Bloomberg noted, that so far about 30 member countries support the U.S. proposal – which would require a two-thirds vote of membership to approve – with a similar number supporting another option that would speed rate increases that the UPU has already approved.

“I think that provides a reasonable assessment of the situation at this moment in time,” David Dadge, a spokesman for the UPU, told FreightWaves. “Of course, we very much hope that the U.S. will remain a member of the Universal Postal Union. But as a UN Specialized Agency we also have to forge a consensus among all our 192 member countries.”

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