USPS hikes international shipping rates; Shippers consider alternatives

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SkyPostal Inc.
June 30, 2020
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USPS hikes international shipping rates; Shippers consider alternatives
SkyPostal Inc.
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On July 1, a new United States Postal Service pricing structure for the movement of low-value small parcels goes into effect, raising rates on international shipments connecting a number of origin and destination postal systems.

“These rate increases,” says A.J. Hernandez, president and CEO of international business-to-consumer shipping firm SkyPostal, Inc., “further confuse a global ecommerce marketplace already struggling with the market confusion and logistical difficulties caused by the recent coronavirus-triggered shutdown in international delivery.”

Logistics services, notes Hernandez, were affected worldwide this spring when freight forwarders like the U.S. Postal Service stopped delivery services across more than 100 international markets. Thousands of businesses that depended on USPS for their international deliveries were left stranded, as they rushed to find alternative ways of getting shipments into their desired markets.

The postal procedures taking effect July 1 will require foreign recipient countries to ratify new rates under ePacket, a USPS service that allows packages to be shipped—quickly, inexpensively, and with tracking—to more than 40 countries. As of July 1, the available list of ePacket recipient countries will shrink to 12; major ecommerce markets like the UK and Brazil are not among them. Given these circumstances, industry experts recommend that shippers move parcel volume to commercial networks such as carriers and freight forwarders to obtain discounted rates.(3)

Partnerships of this sort, says Hernandez, are particularly valuable to ecommerce merchants seeking to expand their reach into Latin America. The Latin American market represents a significant opportunity, with a total population of more than 626 million(4) and estimated 2020 retail ecommerce sales of $71.34 billion, up 21.3% from 2019.(5) There are, however, numerous challenges to doing business in Latin America, among them logistics, language, and the laws and regulations of some 40 different countries and dependencies. This is particularly true, he notes, of Brazil, which is the world’s fifth most populous country and ranks among its top 10 economies in terms of GDP.

“SkyPostal,” says Hernandez, “offers Packet service into Brazil, which consistently outperforms ePacket while maintaining the same postal clearance advantage. We recommend that any U.S.-based ecommerce merchant needing a service provider to Latin America should look for a company that specializes in customs clearance, provides fully online-trackable delivery, offers localized services such as customer support throughout the area, offers return services, and can handle multiple currencies.”



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