President Donald Trump will initiate a withdrawal from a treaty that observers and businesses, including housewares industry participants, insist gives Chinese manufacturers an unfair advantage in shipping goods weighing 4.4 pounds or less to addresses in the United States.
As was detailed in the March 5 issue of HomeWorld Business, small-parcel delivery from the U.S. Postal Service, in compliance with rules set by the Universal Postal Union, can weigh heavily in the favor of overseas shippers versus those in the U.S., and now more is being done to correct that inequity.
Texas Congressman Kenny Marchant has introduced a bill in the U.S. House of Representatives that directs the U.S. Secretary of State and Postal Service to address inequities in delivery charges for small package shipments to consumers in the U.S., particularly deliveries originating internationally such as from China.
Hard as it is to believe, a factory in China can ship a small package containing a housewares item using the United States Postal Service to a U.S. consumer at a significant discount to the rate charged that an American business shipping domestically pays— and that has some people up in arms.