Rep. Marchant Calls For Fair Small Package Shipping Rates

In an effort to establish fairer small package shipping rates, Congressman Kenny Marchant, a senior member of the House Ways and Means Committee, introduced House Resolution 5524, as reported April 17 by HomeWorld Business, a bill intended to end the U.S. Postal Service practice of subsidizing inbound international shipments of parcels weighing less than two kilograms, or 4.4 pounds.

In a statement, Marchant pointed out that anyone in the U.S. that has bought a stamp or shipped a package in recent years has helped subsidize international inbound small goods from overseas, especially China, where most originate.

“The United States Postal Service is subsidizing inbound packages from foreign countries and sticking American taxpayers with the tab,” he noted. “To the detriment of small businesses in my district and their customers, it is often cheaper to ship a package from China to anywhere in the United States than to mail a package from one North Texas city to another.”

Marchant added that a policy, based on agreements developed under the umbrella of the Universal Postal Union, unfairly support overseas merchants competing with U.S. businesses who ship packages under two kilograms, or 4.4 pounds. The bill he drafted requires the Postal Regulatory Commission to develop a rate structure that creates parity between domestic and international shippers.

In a letter to Congressional colleagues provide to HomeWorld Business by his office, Marchant called for support to stop Americans from subsidizing shipments from China and to level the playing field between international and U.S. small package shippers.

HOMEWORLD BUSINESS® explored the UPU and small package delivery issues in the March 5 issue and how it was impacting the housewares industry.