The US is staying in the UPU, but global postal rate changes are coming

The United States has agreed to stay in the Universal Postal Union (UPU), averting a tectonic shift in global e-commerce. But a less dramatic, rumbling kind of change is still coming to the global postal order.

When the third-ever extraordinary congress of the UPU voted to adopt a compromise plan — deemed Option V, for victory — the 192 member countries ushered in an era of international mail wherein eventually, all members will have the chance to self-declare their terminal dues, or effectively, the rates that foreign postal services will charge for service when mail or a parcel crosses their borders.

The U.S. will be the first nation granted this ability. A UPU spokesperson told Supply Chain Dive the U.S. must submit self-declared rates for validation by March 1, 2020, and those rates will be published by April 1, 2020, then go into effect July 1, 2020.

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