Episode 132: USA vs UPU – expert analysis
The USA has announced its intention to leave the UPU. Anna Möller Boivie, Managing Director of Copenhagen Economics (Stockholm), shares her insights:
- The options available to the USA:
- Bilateral agreements
- Multilateral agreements
- What would happen if there’s a “no deal” exit?
- The UPU services other than terminal dues that will be affected by the USA’s potential exit.
- Has the UPU made any progress to solve the small packets issue?
- Could the USA chosen a different path than simply leaving the UPU? What other options exist?
- How Sweden has stopped small parcels from China avoiding tax, and if that could be an option for the USA.
Richard Wishart then joins me (11:06) to give his opinion on the matter. We cover:
- The background to the international cross-border product EMS, including international arrangements under the UPU and IPC:
- The need for international standards (16:25)
- Parcel sizing
- What is the USA trying to achieve by pulling out of the UPU? (18:00)
- How does the USA contribute to the UPU? (19:00)
- Implications for USA e-commerce companies that sell cross-border? (21:32)
- The USA’s potential loss of lobbying power (24:00)
- The lack of progress in resolving terminal dues, and transparency of information (25:17)
- The need for location standards under the UPU (26:03)
- Is this an opportunity for the UPU to embrace reform? (27:32)
- Join the conversation at the Postal Innovation group on LinkedIn.
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