Report on Opioids and Vulnerabilities in International Mail Released

The Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations has released the report of its investigation into measures used by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the U.S. Postal Service, and the U.S. Department of State to prevent illicit fentanyl from entering the United State . The Subcommittee also reviewed efforts taken by the three largest express consignment operators operating in the United States, DHL Express U.S.,FedEx Corporation, and United Parcel Service. Highlights of the Subcommittee’s investigative results, including findings and recommendations, are provided in the report, Combatting the Opioid Crisis: Exploiting Vulnerabilities in International Mail. To read the report, click h

Jacqueline Krage Strako Tapped To Be USPS Acting Chief Customer and Marketing Officer/EVP

Jacqueline (Jakki) Krage Strako will be detailed to the position of USPS Chief Customer and Marketing Officer and Executive Vice President, effective February 3, according to USPS’s Industry Alert. She will step into the position on acting basis when Jim Cochrane, who currently holds the position, retires on February 3. Ms. Strako’s 28-year postal career has spanned operations, finance, budget, and industrial engineering. In her new assignment, she will be responsible for developing and executing strategies to meet the needs of customers in an increasingly digital and rapidly evolving marketplace. She also will drive USPS product development and marketing, industry engagement, as well as sal

Hearing on Opioids and International Mail on January 25

The Senate’s Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations will hold a hearing on Thursday, January at 10 AM on "Combatting the Opioid Crisis: Exploiting Vulnerabilities in International Mail." The witness list includes officials from USPS, the Office of Inspector General, Customs and Border Protection and the State Department. Advance electronic data is expected to be a major topic of discussion. The subcommittee live streams its hearings. For information on this hearing, including the witness list, click here.

Flooding in Great Britian

From: UPU.EmIS Sent: Friday, January 5, 2018 7:53 AM Subject: Subject: EmIS 02/2018 – Great Britain – Flooding The designated operator of Great Britain, Royal Mail, asks us to inform the designated operators of other UPU member countries that the extreme winds of Storm Eleanor have caused disruptions to deliveries, trunking and ferry connections. The delivery of letter post, parcels and EMS items is being affected nationwide. Royal Mail thanks designated operators for their understanding and cooperation and will inform them as soon as the situation returns to normal.

Temporary Suspension of Customs Clearance in Israel

(from UPU, January 2, 2018) From: UPU.EmIS Sent: Tuesday, January 2, 2018 9:04 AM Subject: EmIS 1/2018 – Israel – Temporary suspension of inbound customs clearance The designated operator of Israel, Israel Postal Company Ltd., asks us to inform the designated operators of other Union member countries that inbound customs clearance activities will be interrupted between 10 and 14 January 2018 as a result of the switchover to Shaar Olami (Global Gate), Israel’s next generation computerized customs clearance system. Although delays are to be expected in the release of postal items, Israel Postal Company Ltd. will make every effort to limit the impact as much as possible. Israel Postal Company

Jim Cochrane, USPS Chief Customer and Marketing Officer and EVP, to Retire

(from USPS, January 3, 2018) The Postmaster General and Chief Executive Officer, Megan J. Brennan, announced internally the upcoming retirement of Jim Cochrane. Here is an excerpt of the announcement: After more than 43 years of exceptional leadership, service, and accomplishment James (Jim) P. Cochrane will begin a new chapter in his life as a postal retiree beginning February 2. Jim has had a lasting impact on the Postal Service and the mailing and shipping industry. In his recent roles as Chief Customer and Marketing Officer, and Chief Information Officer, and in numerous prior roles in Operations, Sales, Marketing, and Information Technology, he has been an innovative leader, anticipati

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