SBE Council Urges the Trump Administration to Remain Steadfast in Resolving Discriminatory International Postal Subsidies

By at 23 July, 2019, 4:03 pm


For Immediate Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council (SBE Council) president & CEO Karen Kerrigan sent a letter to a key White House official, Dr. Peter Navarro, Assistant to the President and Director of the Office of Trade and Manufacturing Policy, on self-declaration of international postal rates and the Universal Postal Union’s (UPU) deliberations on the issue.

In her letter, Kerrigan applauded the work of the Administration with regard to the UPU, where the U.S. seeks to end the outdated and discriminatory international pricing regime that undercuts American businesses. SBE Council has been a fierce advocate for ending the unfair subsidies provided by the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) to foreign competitors that give them a significant competitive advantage over U.S. businesses. Allowing businesses abroad to get substantially lower shipping rates to U.S. destinations in comparison to what U.S. businesses pay for domestic shipping is a big, unfair advantage that negatively impacts America’s small firms and manufacturers.

Within the UPU framework, Kerrigan wrote that the proposal to facilitate efforts by member nations to self-declare rates on in-bound packets “is the optimal path forward to promote fairness and undistorted competition.”

Kerrigan further urged the Administration to not waiver with any alternatives or substitutes in the pursuit of self-declaration: “It is our view that the presence of amendments to the proposal that suggest countries shall transition to self-declared rates (known as ‘Option B’) would severely impede the core objectives of UPU deliberations. Developing equitable frameworks across nations and industries should remain an effort uncontaminated by the forces of narrow interests or special interests. “

The Universal Postal Union’s Extraordinary Congress is scheduled to begin on September 24th in Geneva, Switzerland. During the Congress, UPU members nations can consider amendments to any of the three proposals that would modify the processes for international rate-setting.

For additional information on this issue, see this October 2018 SBE Council press release in response to President Trump’s announcement that the U.S. would pull out of the UPU and self-declare rates.  This press release provides links to additional information (comments, Op-eds, and additional press releases.)


Karen Kerrigan, SBE Council president & CEO


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