The final taxes levied by the USPS partially offset this price difference. A 2015 report by the U.S. Postal Service`s inspector general compared these costs. The report showed that the post office made a net profit from international shipments. Incoming losses from international packages were more than covered by exits. However, the report found that travel losses increased between 2010 and 2014, while outbound profits decreased. This was the time when international e-commerce began to flood the United States. The new UPU agreement provides the U.S. with tools to keep the USPS in black numbers in international shipping. The Universal Postal Union has 191 member countries, in addition to the United States. Starting in July 2020, countries were free to increase rates for incoming parcels shipped from the United States. Since that letter, international shipping prices from the United States have increased in more than 30 other countries.

Further increases may follow. On October 17, 2018, the Trump administration announced its intention to withdraw from the Universal Postal Union (UPU) treaty. The dispute concerned reduced postal rates shipped to the United States on Chinese parcels. This is part of the government`s efforts to create a level playing field between Chinese and U.S. companies. The South China Morning Post reported that China`s small e-commerce companies would suffer from higher postal costs. However, major Chinese retailers are unlikely to be affected by the contract change. Large companies often have sophisticated logistics companies with multiple warehouses around the world. Most of them do not ship small individual packages to U.S. customers from China.

Postal changes will therefore not bring their business models back to the front. Price increases are for mass issuers, not international mail without a prescription. The amount of the increase will vary from country to country. U.S. e-commerce companies could see a 50% increase in shipping costs to Canada. About 30 countries have increased their rates for U.S. parcels as of July 1, 2020. The other 160 UPU members still have the right to increase the cost of receiving U.S. parcels. The future could therefore lead to more leaps forward in international parcel delivery. The European Postal Regulatory Committee (CERP) is made up of postal ministries and national regulatory authorities for postal services. It examines regulatory issues in a European and international context, as well as the coordination and preparation of meetings of the Universal Postal Union.

The Commission (as well as the secretariat of the European Free Trade Association) has an advisory status at the cerp. The EU agreements and its regulations govern services other than mail and postal mail between Member States that are contracting parties. They are binding only on these Member States. Signatory states must ensure that their designated economic operators comply with obligations under the agreements and regulations. In the area of postal services, we are working with the Directorate-General for Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations to help implement the European Neighbourhood Policy, monitor progress and support negotiations with countries wishing to join the EU. On July 1, 2020, USPS increased the fees it charges for incoming packages. International shippers, including from China, must now pay $2.87 per pack and $3.95 per kilogram (about 2.2 pounds). This is a significant increase in shipping costs for small parcels from China to the United States. In the past, the cost of shipping packages of less than 4.4 pounds (2 kilograms) from China was less than the cost of shipping the same package to the United States.