Export Compliance Screening Process

From U.S. Postal Service Director Global Trade Compliance, on enhancements to the compliance checks in the export compliance screening process for PMEI/PMI/FCPIS Presort Drop Shipment, Commercial ePacket (CeP), International Priority Airmail (IPA) and International Surface Air Lift (ISAL). To download in PDF form click here. Dear Customer: International shipments of goods sent from the U.S., whether by mail or other delivery services, are subject to federal export laws and regulations that may require approval for, or otherwise restrict, what can be sent to certain countries, individuals, and entities for national security and foreign policy reasons. The Postal Service (USPS) and Postal Ins

Video Explainer on GDPR

The EU's General Data Protection Regulation, which comes into force on May 25, is designed to protect the personal data of EU citizens. It affects not only companies doing business within the EU, but any organization outside the EU borders that provides services or goods to EU citizens or stores their personal data. A BBC video provides an overview of the GDPR's main provisions. Click here to access the video.

Audit Report on USPS Inbound International Parcels

The U.S. Postal Service reported receipt of about 498 million international parcels for calendar year 2017, and a recent audit report from the USPS Office of Inspector General (OIG) aims to evaluate the accuracy and completeness of financial and operational inbound international parcel volume data. The audit found that financial data on inbound international parcels is generally accurate and complete, although it points to instances in which it was not possible to reconcile operational data used to manage these parcels with the financial data. OIG recommends that management undertake the following steps: design and document regular controls over operational inbound international volume and w

USPS Looks at the Reverse Logistics Market

Online purchases are three times more likely to be returned than those made in a physical store, and in 2017, between $113 billion and $132 billion of ecommerce purchases were returned. That means that ecommerce retailers and shippers are taking a closer look at the process of returning goods, or reverse logistics, in order to find opportunities for savings and efficiencies. A new white paper from the U.S. Postal Services Office of Inspector General, Riding the Returns Wave: Reverse Logistics and the U.S. Postal Service, finds that the USPS has a smaller share of the returns market than the outbound market, suggesting room for growth. The report suggests that USPS can continue to grow its re

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