Industry Groups Call for Postage Relief

IMAG joined with a group of industry associations in a letter to Postmaster General Brennan and Postal Regulatory Chairman Taub calling for postage rate relief in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and its enormous impact on mailers and shippers. The letter puts forward a handful of proposals, including an explicit request to hold off on instituting a rate increase in July on outbound international rates. As the letter notes, ratepayers fund the Postal Service’s operations completely. "Yet, as the Government takes steps necessary to respond to the crisis, those same ratepayers and their supply chain partners face significant and permanent loss of business." We call on the Postal Service and the

eBay Main Street Effort Touts Importance of Small Ecomm Businesses

eBay Main Street launched a campaign calling on its many sellers to remind Congress of the importance of small ecommerce businesses to the economy -- and to make sure they weren't left out of the stimulus package. eBay's communications frequently highlight the importance of the Postal Service as a valuable infrastructure and delivery network for small ecommerce businesses. Unfortunately, USPS was a loser in the current stimulus package -- only granted an increase in borrowing authority of $10 billion, which its customers will be on the hook to repay. Many are pinning hopes on the Postal Service getting funds in a future stimulus package. But it will take a coordinated and forceful industry e

USPS Issues Letter on Essential Services

The U.S. Postal Service has issued an industry essential letter reiterating the guidance from the Department of Homeland Security that mail, print, and logistics are essential services that should continue to operate during the COVID-19 crisis. The letter states, "The Postal Service is an entity of the Federal Government, and theprovision of postal services to the American people is designated as an essential function underfederal law during times of emergency." It goes on to note: "Postal and shipping workers, including those in the private sector, are also considered essential critical infrastructure workers under recent guidance issued by the Department of Homeland Security.White House an

International Mail Service Disruptions Due to COVID-19

A number of countries have announced service disruptions due to COVID-19, with a handful of countries suspending some or all services. The U.S. Postal Service released an updated list of countries and their disruptions via the DMM Advisory, posted here. IMAG also produced an updated special alert today that curates news reports on airlines that are moving passenger aircraft to freighters.

Travel Restrictions Impact International Airlift

The White House's restrictions on passenger travel from Europe applies to passengers only, but will have a significant impact on the movement of goods, cargo, and mail. About half of the air cargo carried worldwide normally flies in the belly of passenger jets rather than in dedicated freighters. Airlines have announced major reductions in routes, with further changes expected. IMAG compiled the attached special report for its members and continues to press the U.S. Postal Service to issue regular Industry Alerts that explicitly state the impact on international mail.

IMAG Members Stay Informed

IMAG members get regular newsletters, memos, infographics, and emails on issues that matter to their businesses. Our monthly IMAG Insights newsletter provides timely information on topics important to the cross-border market. Among the topics covered in the March issue are the Postal Regulatory Commission's ruling that directs the USPS to unseal its International Inbound Packets rates; the UPU's exploration of opening more widely to the private sector; and a closer look at Customs issues that are impacting the ecommerce market and its supply chain. Keeping members informed is among the many benefits of IMAG membership. Networking is another key benefit. We hold quarterly member meetings, web

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