Cross-border trade – WTO and UPU

Cross-border trade – WTO and UPU

Marek Różycki joins me to preview our seminar and workshop at Parcel+Post Expo this year, including:

  • Defining the parcel locker

  • Technology and lockers

Paul Donohoe, Manager Digital Economy & Trade Programme at the UPU, joins me to discuss the World Trade Organization’s Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA):

  • What the TFA means for cross-border e-commerce

  • What it means for postal operators

  • How cross-border trade has been “parcelised” and what that means for border clearance

  • What the UPU is doing regarding the TFA

  • Harmonisation and cost reduction in the postal channel

  • Standardised forms (e.g. for customs)

  • Electronic exchange of information (including CDS platform)

  • EAD and the STOP Act

  • The post as a trade enabling network

  • The UPU’s study

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Ian Kerr

Ian Kerr is the founder and host of the Postal Hub Podcast. He has presented at many prominent postal and delivery events, and has contributed articles to Post&Parcel, the Mail & Express Review as well as chapters in Reinventing the post (2013) and Exploring New Frontiers: Reshaping the postal industry (2018).

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