Change The Unfair International Postal Rate System Now

When the US helped found the Universal Postal Union in 1874, it was seeking to create “a single postal territory for the reciprocal exchange of correspondence”. But the UPU’s antiquated system for setting international postal rates, known as “terminal dues”, has not kept pace with the dramatic rise in ecommerce and America is the biggest victim.

Today manufacturers in countries as small as Cambodia and as large as China pay less to send small parcels from their countries to New York than US manufacturers do to ship packages from Los Angeles to the Big Apple. This puts American manufacturers and workers at a significant competitive disadvantage and forces the US Postal Service to subsidise a system that weakens America’s manufacturing base.

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Peter Navarro