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Us Postal Agreement

In some countries, telegraphs and later telephones are covered by the same government service as the postal system. Similarly, there was an international telegraph office based in Bern, similar to the UPU. [44] The International Telecommunications Union currently facilitates international electronic communications. In May 2019, the Universal Postal Union responded by convening for the third time in its history an extraordinary congress from 24 to 26 September 2019. [25] Members voted against a proposal by the United States and Canada[26] that would have allowed for the immediate self-reporting of final commissions. [27] The UPU then unanimously adopted a Franco-German compromise that allows final self-reported levies of up to 70% of the domestic shipping rate and increases up the UPU`s terminal costs from 119 to 164%, which gradually incorporates the two changes from 2021 to 2025. In addition, countries receiving more than 75,000 tonnes of mail could receive terminal charges declared on July 1, 2020 against a $40 million “contribution” to the UPU itself. The United States was the only country to receive more than 75,000 tons of mail. [28] Peter Navarro, a Trump adviser, said the agreement had “more than achieved the president`s goal,” but he denied that the United States “buys” the deal with his “contribution.” [28] UPU Director Siva Somasundram hailed the agreement as “a decisive decision for multilateralism and the Union.” [30] [29] The International Office of the UPU (IB) has monitored disruptions to the global supply chain of the global distribution chain caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and has been trying to find ways to mitigate its effects, particularly with regard to widespread restrictions and flight cancellations.

With the outbreak of the china-U.S. trade war in 2018, the issue of final taxes has been raised. The Americans complained that sending a package from China to the United States was cheaper than the same package within the United States. At that time, the UPU postal development index scale was used to classify countries into four groups, from the richest to the poorest. The United States was a Group I country, while China was a Group III country, with countries such as Mexico and Turkey having a similar GDP per capita.