IMAG Shares Its Perspective in Media Reporting on UPU

In two recent media reports, IMAG Executive Director Kate Muth shared the association’s perspective on the Universal Postal Union’s agreement regarding the way postal fees are structured for international shipments of small packages. UPU members voted in favor of “Option V” at the Extraordinary Congress on September 25. To read the CNBC report, “Global postal group reaches deal to avoid US withdrawal,” click here. To read the Time report, “U.S. Avoids Postal ‘Brexit’ as Universal Postal Union Reaches a Deal,” click here. Click here to read the text of Option V.

USPS Postmaster General Statement on UPU Agreement

Postmaster General Megan J. Brennan has issued a statement on the Universal Postal Union agreement regarding international exchange of small packets, which was reached at the UPU's Extraordinary Congress on September 25. The agreement allows "the Postal Service to self-declare its rates beginning in July 2020, while operators from other countries will transition to self-declared rates at phased levels over the next six years," Brennan said. Click here to read the statement.

IMAG Statement on UPU Extraordinary Congress Outcome

Geneva, Switzerland, September 25, 2019 —The International Mailers’ Advisory Group (IMAG), an association representing the U.S. international mailing sector, released the following statement on the outcome of the Universal Postal Union’s Extraordinary Congress in Geneva. IMAG is pleased that the Universal Postal Union (UPU) was able to find a solution to achieve global remuneration reform that allows the United States to remain in the UPU, a 144-year old organization of which the United States was a founding member. By remaining in the UPU, the United States retains its important leadership role in the global postal system. Mailers and shippers will see no interruption in service through the

U.S. Position at UPU

Peter Navarro, Assistant to the President and Director of the Office of Trade and Manufacturing Policy, makes a statement at the Universal Postal Union's Extraordinary Congress in Geneva that outlines the U.S. position. Click here to watch the video. Click here for the text of Dr. Navarro's remarks.

White House Advisor on U.S. Goals for UPU Extraordinary Congress

In a September 11 opinion piece in the Financial Times, Peter Navarro, assistant to the president for trade and manufacturing policy, describes the U.S. goals for the Universal Postal Union Extraordinary Congress, which opens September 24 in Geneva. Navarro says that "the voting agenda will include two options that would allow the US to 'self-declare' its own rates immediately," and adds that "[e]ither of these options would keep the US in the UPU." However, he states, '"option A is a cynical non-starter from the US point of view." To read the FT opinion piece, click here.

Cut-off Dates for Holiday Mailing

The U.S. Postal Service has announced the cut-off dates for 2019 holiday shipping. The attached document provides full details, including cut-off dates for international shipments. Click here to open it.

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