Postal sector to debate the way forward for UPU remuneration systems

Postal sector to debate the way forward for UPU remuneration systems

The Universal Postal Union’s Council of Administration, a decision-making body of the UN specialised agency, is holding a conference today – 9 April 2019 – to discuss UPU remuneration systems.

The conference, titled  “UPU Remuneration Systems—New Frontiers for an old World”,  is being held at the UPU’s Berne headquarters, and brings together representatives of the UPU’s member countries, postal operators, industry experts and other interested parties to discuss policy issues related to the prices paid to a postal operator for the international delivery of postal items, including e-commerce items.

Speaking about the conference, the UPU’s Manager of Communication and Events David Dadge said: “The conference is the culmination of a long consultation with a broad range of interested parties and represents an important step in safeguarding the sustainability and development of the universal postal service.”

Following opening remarks by the UPU Director General, Bishar A. Hussein, conference participants will discuss how UPU can fulfil its mandate ensuring universal access; the relationship between the UPU’s postal remuneration systems and international trade flows; and, finally, the present situation and whether the remuneration systems need to be repositioned to satisfy the UPU’s multiple stakeholders.


The purpose of the UPU remuneration systems is to compensate the designated operators of destination countries for the cost of handling, transporting and delivering postal items from abroad. Although the relationship between the UPU remuneration systems and postage is indirect, the UPU remuneration rate does constitute a major cost component that needs to be taken into consideration by the sending designated operator when it receives, processes and dispatches a postal item sent to an addressee residing in another country.

Those not attending the conference can follow on Twitter using the hashtag: #postaldialogue 

Read  about Trump’s battle with the UPU and its remuneration rates  in the Spring Edition of MER Magazine.

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