Senator Introduces Bill On International Postal Rates

A bill has been introduced in the United States Senate to address what some American businesses believe is an advantage overseas manufacturers and distributors have in shipping small packages under 4.4 pounds.

The bill, authored by Louisiana Senator Bill Cassidy and introduced this week, according to a legislative source, would require the U.S. Secretary of State to negotiate the elimination of all foreign subsidies for international postal shipments to the U.S. if adopted.

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Senator Bill Cassidy

Entitled the Ending Needless Subsidies Act of 2018, the bill calls for negotiations with the Universal Postal Union (UPU), which oversees international postage rate policy, for the elimination of all foreign subsidies for international postal shipments. Negotiations would have to commence no later than January 1, 2021.

HOMEWORLD BUSINESS® explored the UPU and small package delivery issues in the March 5 issue and how it was impacting the housewares industry. HomeWorld spoke with government officials, housewares industry representatives, including from the International Housewares Association, and observers to outline what is happening regarding small package shipping, and how the global postal network gives manufacturers, particularly in China, an edge on businesses based in the U.S. that ship small packages.

Click here for the complete HomeWorld March 5th special report.