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Needed International Mail Reforms Inch Forward


At the 26th Universal Postal Congress (UPU) this fall, member countries voted to institute a new payment system for letters and small packages shipped by international mail. The Congress, which concluded October 7 in Istanbul, approved changes to the system known as Terminal Dues, by which postal operators exchange payment for outgoing international mail according to established schedules that put countries into different groups.

The Congress created a new rate structure governing the shipment of small packages, which will be treated differently than letter mail beginning in 2018. Industrialized countries will be paid a higher-than-inflation rate increase for packages weighing up to 4.4 pounds under the changes.

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