TIACA discussed international postal and delivery issues this week, as a member of a U.S. State Department’s advisory committee. The discussion focused around preparations for the upcoming Congress of the Universal Postal Union (UPU), scheduled for September 20 through October 7. The UPU Congress takes place every four years, and generally determines the priorities and key issues for the UPU to work through for its next four-year term.
The 2016 Congress will consider several proposals of relevance to the air cargo industry, including:
- A proposal for non-discriminatory customs and other border-related treatment of comparable shipments, regardless of how they are shipped. In other words, similar postal and commercial shipments should be treated in the same manner. This proposal, if approved, could advance efforts towards equivalent customs, security and other requirements for postal and cargo shipments.
- A proposal to improve the transparency of shipments from international mail processing centers. This proposal would modify the contents of international mail processing codes to clarify the location, entity and operator originating the shipment. As a practical matter, this could produce a clearer picture for invoicing purposes, which could improve billing practices for air cargo operators, who sometimes have difficulty identifying the appropriate billing party for quasi-postal shipments.