The Lexington Institute has examined international postal issues for 20 years and is a member of the U.S. Department of State’s International Postal and Delivery Services Advisory Committee. We were strong advocates for terminal dues reform adopted at the Universal Postal Union’s (UPU’s) 2019 Extraordinary Congress and continue to engage in developments on other potential UPU reforms.
We appreciate the opportunity to offer the following comments for the above referenced docket and ask that the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) adopt the crux of the rule proposed in Order No. 6451.
Today, and in the years ahead, there will be many international commerce opportunities for the U.S. Postal Service (USPS), private carriers, U.S. businesses and consumers as international e-commerce significantly expands. The United States, through the U.S. Department of State, is already exploring systemic changes at the UPU with the aim of promoting transparency and market efficiencies. Current UPU practices harm and impair opportunities for USPS, private carriers, and U.S. businesses through opaque rules and regulations that benefit a handful of large, often privately-owned international postal services at the expense of the United States and most other countries.
To read the full comments filed with the Postal Regulatory Commission, please click here.
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