Universal Postal Union Agreement

On October 17, 2018, the Trump administration announced its intention to withdraw from the World Postal Association (UPU) treaty. The dispute involved reduced postal charges levied for Chinese parcels shipped to the United States. The move was part of the government`s efforts to create a level playing field between Chinese and U.S. companies. In some countries, telegraphs, and then telephones, were subject to the same government service as the postal system. There was also an international telegraph office based in Bern, similar to the UPU. [44] The International Telecommunication Union currently facilitates international electronic communications. The UPU International Bureau has observed the disruptions to the global postal chain caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and has been trying to find ways to mitigate their effects, particularly with regard to widespread restrictions and cancellations of passenger flights. Brennan added that the agreement will impose stricter requirements on foreign posts in order to provide USPS with advanced electronic data on the contents of international packages, an important step in inter-agency efforts to eradicate illicit materials — such as synthetic opioids — that are exchanged by mail. Brennan has repeatedly praised the Trump administration for its efforts and congratulated other nations at the World Postal Association convention for their work in a “spirit of cooperation.” The agreement, which entered into force in 2018, has increased terminal charges for some developing countries with strong economies, including China. However, the higher fees still do not cover the full costs of the usual postal service for the delivery of these packages.

The deal reached on Wednesday will allow the U.S. to start setting its own postal charges in July and begin gradually introducing higher tariffs in January 2021 for other countries that receive more than 75,000 tons of mail per year. The World Postal Congress is the most important organ of the UPU. The main objective of the quadrennial congress is to consider proposals to amend the laws of the UPU, including the UPU Constitution, the General Rules, the Convention and the Postal Payment Services Agreement. The Congress also serves as a forum for participating Member States to discuss a wide range of topics that impact international postal services, such as market trends, regulation and other policy issues. . . .