10/01/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 10/01/2019 10:10
WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today commended the Trump administration for securing an agreement with the United Nations' Universal Postal Union (UPU) that puts an end to U.S. taxpayers being forced to subsidize international postal shipments from foreign countries to the United States. The new agreement allows the United States to self-declare the rates the U.S. Postal Service can recoup from foreign trading partners.
Previously, the UPU set the fee each member country must pay for a foreign postal service to deliver international mail. The flawed system to determine shipping rates, resulted in the United States effectively subsidizing exports from China and other nations delivered by mail. A 2017 Government Accountability Office (GAO) report stated that 'the rates for inbound international terminal dues mail does not cover [USPS's] costs for delivering that mail in the United States. As a result, USPS's net losses on this type of mail more than doubled between 2012 and 2016.'
'American taxpayers were funding Chinese companies to outcompete ones here in the United States,' said Dr. Cassidy. 'When it's cheaper to ship a product to Shreveport from Bejing than from Baton Rouge, there's a problem. This agreement is a victory for the United States. President Trump was right to stand his ground on this issue and it was a pleasure to support his effort.'
Cassidy was vocal in his support of action by the Trump administration during this process. He also wrote legislation to end the postal subsidies for Chinese businesses.
2018 timeline of Cassidy's work to address unfair UPU-set rates: