Universal Postal Union Agreement

Geplaatst door MCautreels op 14 april 2021

The agreement, approved by the Universal Postal Union, now part of the United Nations, at a meeting in Sweden, will allow the Post Office to set its own tariffs for small incoming parcels and bulky letters from July 2020. The foreigner will also be able to report the rates of packages from the United States that will be introduced in their country, as part of a process that will be phased in over the next six years. Earlier this week, the Universal Postal Union Congress rejected a plan that would have immediately allowed the USPS to set its own tariffs for international shippers. The final plan approved by Congress is seen as a compromise. The new agreement comes because the Trump administration is involved in a trade dispute with China, and senior officials said the current system primarily benefits China, Singapore and some European countries, such as France and Germany. These countries benefit from a 40-70% discount on packages weighing 4.4 pounds or less, officials said. Faced with such difficulties in changing mail with Europe, the United States had already taken the lead and called for improved international postal agreements. General Montgomery Blair, postmaster of the United States, called for an international postal congress in 1863. At their meeting in Paris, delegates defined some general principles of post-cooperation, but failed to agree.

[10] The Universal Postal Congress is the most important body of the UPU. The main objective of the four-year congress is to examine proposals to amend the upU`s actions, including the UPU Constitution, general regulations, the convention and the postal services agreement. The Congress also serves as a forum for participating member countries to discuss a wide range of issues related to international postal services, such as market trends, regulation and other policy issues. The first UPU congress was held in Bern in 1874. Delegates from 22 countries attended. UPU conventions are held every four years and delegates often receive special philatelic albums produced by member countries for the period since the last Congress. [42] The Universal Postal Union, in collaboration with the World Association for the Development of Philately, developed the wadp numbering System (WNS). It was launched on January 1, 2002. The website[43] presents entries for 160 countries and post offices with more than 25,000 stamps registered since 2002. Many of them have images that are generally protected by the issuing country, but the UPU and WADP allow them to download. On October 17, 2018, the Trump administration announced its intention to withdraw from the Universal Postal Union (UPU) treaty.

The dispute concerned reduced postal rates shipped to the United States on Chinese parcels. This is part of the government`s efforts to create a level playing field between Chinese and U.S. companies. Hussein called the result “the most remarkable day in the history of the union,” a nearly 150-year-old organization that regulates postal services in 192 member countries. Navarro called the result a victory for “a new brand of Trumpist diplomacy,” affirming the principle that international organizations such as post-Union must “respect the rights of the United States and serve their members, instead of being used as piggy banks for countries with bad actors who try to bend their rules.” Negotiations on postal contracts could take years. The United States drew up a postal contract with France in 1852,[5] but the two countries were divided on how to distribute the inland port,[4]721 and a treaty was not signed until 1857. [6] However, the contract was terminated.


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