The Universal Postal Union (UPU) has called an emergency meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, to hopefully keep the United States from leaving the agency that makes sure mail gets delivered worldwide.
Eleven months ago, President Donald Trump warned the UPU to pay up or we’ll leave. Unless they make provisions for member countries to raise the international postal rate to something more realistic, by next month, the United States will withdraw from the scheme altogether. Globalists are running around in panic.
Nobody will deliver their packages and letters for close to the same price. “It is really a nightmare scenario,” the UPU’s secretary-general, Bishar Hussei said. No country has left since the founding 150 years ago.
The UPU sports 192 members. “If the United States leaves, you’ll get those piles, because somehow every country has to figure out how to send mail to the United States…. A major disruption is on the way if we don’t solve the problem today.”
The UPU is an old organization, set up in 1874 to make sure mail could be delivered anywhere globally. It established something called “terminal dues”, a system of calculating fees that countries would collect from each other.
Their allowed fees are set way too low according to Washington. White House trade adviser Peter Navarro, who heads the U.S. delegation, called for fixing this. “The mission here today is to retool this system for the brave new world of e-commerce.”
The U.S. postal system has been subsidizing delivery of imports, counterfeit goods and drugs to the tune of $300 – $500 million. This benefits exporters. U.S. customers can order goods online from overseas for so cheap, only because the U.S. Postal Service eats part of the cost.
Under the agreement, the U.S. Postal service has to take in mail from other countries and deliver it for a fee much less than it costs to make the delivery. Other delivery services like UPS, DHL, and Federal Express aren’t limited by the restrictions and can charge as much as they need to stay profitable.
According to Navarro, “in an age of e-commerce the United States is being forced to heavily subsidize small parcels coming into our country. Many are from China but this is not strictly a China problem.”
Countries that were receiving more mail than they send such as Brazil, Canada, Norway and South Africa were also being hit. Trump doesn’t want to be president of the world, he just insists other countries pay their fair share.
Countries should be allowed to set their own rates rather than having a central place or clearinghouse to do that. This “might cause some very short-term disruptions” but was “the clearest, cleanest, fairest and quickest path to a reform that is long overdue.”
The minions of George Soros are furious. Democrats Abroad is an arm of the Democratic Party for Americans Overseas. They warned of chaos and urged lobbyists to fight this. They want the post office to go bankrupt.
“If the withdrawal goes forward, postal mail service to the United States will be thrown into disarray and the USPS expects postal service to and from the States to be massively disrupted,” the group said.
Navarro calls that a total lie. We could quit without a problem. “We have prepared for a seamless transition. There will be absolutely no disruption in military mail, election mail, or holiday mail,” he assures.
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