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International Packages, Customs, the EU, and the US
Oct. 24 2023
The EU The next — and final — deadline for the EU’s Advance Electronic Data (AED) requirements in ICS2 Release 2 is October, when postal operators sending packages to the EU will...
Where Have All the Packages Gone?
Aug. 14 2023
Two reports highlight the importance of this title question for the USPS and the global postal delivery network: The Universal Postal Union (UPU), in its October, 2022, presentation
Failing and Failed Postal Operators
May 22 2023
The postal sector worldwide suffered during the COVID pandemic—closures, lack of staff, very limited international flights—while the number of packages in the mail increased. All of them...
Ransomware Attack Stops All Outbound Mail from Royal Mail
April 12 2023
Royal Mail, the UK’s designated postal operator, announced a cyber incident January 11, halting all outbound international mail. It took a few days before the extent and cause of the attack
The EU Import Control System’s Next Phase
Feb. 27 2023
In March of 2021, the EU introduced the first phase — Release 1 — of its ICS2, which required pre-loading information for any item requiring custom clearance. Data was required for package...
2021: Another Year of International Mail Changes
Sept. 1 2021
More changes in international mail are coming as I write this in early June, continuing what mailers experienced earlier this year and in 2020. The COVID pandemic was—is—responsible for...
You’ve Got (Business) Mail
May 4 2020
If you’re working at home rather than your usual office (and many of us are), you’re checking your home mailbox and getting less than usual. As for your usual office mail, it might be reac
The US Remains in the UPU, but Changes Are Ahead in 2020
April 13 2020
The US will stay in the Universal Postal Union (UPU), a decision that likely caused mailers everywhere to breathe a sigh of relief at the avoidance of a major disruption in the USPS’ international...
Questions Remain on International Mail Following USPS Presentation on UPU Withdrawal
July 15 2019
After months of silence on questions related to the potential US withdrawal from the Universal Postal Union (UPU), the USPS finally provided some information at the MTAC Membership Assembly on
Are Higher International Postage Rates and Service Disruptions on the Horizon?
March 28 2019
“If the US were to withdraw from the UPU, it would lose access to global processing and coding systems that make international mail possible, and it would have to negotiate bilateral postal agreements
Top 5 Factors Affecting International Mail Decisions
July 24 2018
Five factors affect all mailing decisions for international mail, and each will depend on what you are mailing, the destination country, and your requirements for delivery. The specifics of what is be
Addresses and Discrete Grid Systems
Aug. 2 2017
Identifying a location has always been useful to people — from ancient evidence of local inhabitants identifying locales by naturally occurring landmarks to the naming a major roadways and cit