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Congressman Ralph Abraham

Representing the 5th District of Louisiana

Abraham applauds U.S. withdrawal from UN’s Universal Postal Union

October 17, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON - Congressman Ralph Abraham, M.D., R-Alto, today applauded President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from the United Nations’ Universal Postal Union (UPU), an agreement that allowed Chinese competitors to take advantage of inequity within the international postage rate system. 

“American taxpayers have been subsidizing Chinese businesses through the UPU. Because of this agreement, it’s been cheaper to ship a package from China to the U.S. than across the street in Louisiana. By withdrawing, President Trump continues to put American businesses first and level the playing field against China’s unfair business tactics,” said Dr. Abraham.

Dr. Abraham joined U.S. Sens. Bill Cassidy (R-La.), Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), and James Lankford (R-Okla.), and U.S. Rep. Kenny Marchant (R-Texas), in writing a letter in August urging Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to renegotiate terms of UPU.

Dr. Abraham and Rep. Marchant authored legislation that would allow the Secretary of State to enter into agreements that require the Postal Service to prohibit preferential rates or fees for inbound international mail. Sen. Cassidy has a similar bill in the Senate called the ENDS Act.

The U.N.’s Universal Postal Union (UPU) is a 144-year-old treaty that sets the fees each member country must pay for international postal service. The UPU uses a tiered system to establish rates and lists China – the second largest economy in the world – as a Tier III while categorizing the United States as a Tier I.  As a result, the United States Postal Service’s (USPS) net losses on delivering international mail have doubled between 2012 - 2016, according to a 2017 report by the Government Accountability Office.
 

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