U.S. Backs Proposal to Stay in Universal Postal Union (UPU)

U.S. Backs Proposal to Stay in Universal Postal Union

Event to Feature Sessions on Global Postal Ecosystem

Will the United States leave the Universal Postal Union (UPU)?  Or will it remain, but with significant changes to the way it sets international postal delivery prices?  Although President Trump announced in October of 2018 that the USPS would begin the one-year process to withdraw from the UPU, the U.S. State Department last week introduced a proposed plan to remain in the UPU, but under a new pricing regime that would allow individual countries to set their own delivery rates. The proposal was introduced at a special meeting of its department’s Advisory Committee on International Postal and Delivery Services (IPODS), comprising appointed representatives from ecommerce shippers, private express carriers, and expert association advisers and consultants in addition to USPS itself.

As Bloomberg Government notes in its March 15, 2019, article, “[t]he U.S. would be allowed to set its own rates for the delivery of small international packages while still remaining in the 192-country Universal Postal Union under a plan pushed by the State Department.”

Hear the most up-to-date information on where these issues stand at the upcoming June 5-7, 2019, PostalVision 2020/9.0 event to be held at The Ritz Carlton Pentagon City (just outside Washington DC) where two special sessions will focus on the global postal ecosystem as well as the role of the U.S. Postal Service in that ecosystem. Appointed members of the IPODs committee Jim Campbell, Kate Muth, and John Callan will participate in the PostalVision panel discussions.

First, a high-level session, “The World Postal System – Its Role in the Global Economy, Obligations and Opportunities” will feature global thought-leaders sharing their insights.  Moderated by Brody Buhler, Global Managing Director, Post and Parcel industry at Accenture, session panelists will include the Hon. David Williams, Vice Chair, USPS Board of Governors; Holger Winklbauer, CEO, International Post Corporation; Elmar Toime, Chairman, Postea; and (tentative) Pascal Clivaz, Deputy Director General of the Universal Postal Union (UPU) International Bureau.

Following this global postal industry perspective, a more USPS focused discussion will  follow moderated by Executive Director of the International Mailers Advisory Group (IMAG) Kate Muth where panelists will discuss the potential impacts of the U.S. leaving the UPU and/or a system where the U.S. remains in the UPU but has more control over its rates, as well as other important discussions on topics such as the STOP Act, Advanced Electronic Data (AED) compliance, customs issues, and cross-border opportunities and solutions.  Session panelists will include Bernhard Bukovc, Chairman, Postal Innovation Platform (PIP); Ty Bordner, Vice President Solutions Consulting and Product Marketing at Amber Road; and Jim Campbell, Law Office of James I. Campbell Jr.

And that’s not all the event will include!  Check out the working agenda to get a taste of all the other important topics and speakers this event will include!

Early Bird Prices Still Available !

Special early bird registration pricing is still open — with Great Savings in effect now !  Complete pricing information can be found here !  

For more information on the event theme, visit our PostalVision 2020 9.0 Event web page!  

P.S.  If you are interested in sponsoring part of the 2019 event, contact John Sasso.

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