Cross-border Direct Shipping fee to USA will Rise in June of year 2020

The previously estimated shipping fee raise to USA because of its quit from UPU has not happened, but will postpone to the end of June in year 2020.

According to the head of the US delegation, Navarro declared: “The United States will start to set its own rate at the end of June next year.” It also means that from June next year, the global postage to the United States will rise.

The industry insiders predict that if the price standard of the multinational mail express service is completely determined by the United States itself, the price will inevitably rise in the short term. Under this circumstance, export enterprises adopting the direct-sending model will be greatly affected, and the demand for sellers in overseas warehouse services will continue to increase.

Especially for Chinese sellers, they have previously enjoyed lower terminal rates. Most of the export sellers often increase sales and market share through price wars, so the postage increase this time will not only increase their operating costs,  but also reduce their competitive advantage. For example, sellers who are selling direct mail products under $5 on Wish may be cleared out, especially those items with a price of $1.99 will suffer severely. For the small and medium-sized sellers who rely heavily on the UPU’s system fees, they may be also unlikely to continue.

On October 14th, the China National Post Office held a news briefing to introduce the relevant decisions made at the third special meeting of the UPU held recently. The General Assembly passed the terminal fee reform integration program V, and the terminal fee of the third group of countries in China will increase by 27% in 2020. It is estimated that by 2025, the export international parcel terminal fee will increase by 164% compared with 2019.

Though the postal shipping fee to USA rising is an unquestioned fact, 42agent will try our best to find alternative solution for you. As one of the most professional and reliable Taobao agents, we always try our best to lower the cost for our customers, no matter service fee or international shipping fee.

Sharp Increase on Postal Cost to the USA due to Withdrawal from UPU

Shipping increase to USA may become true. Cost of postal shipping from China to the United States may increase significantly due to USA plans to withdraw from UPU in the near future (mid-October, 2019). Full title of UPU is the Universal Postal Union (  The affected shipping methods include EMS, eYoubao (less than 2kg), airmail (less than 2kg), Chinese air, SAL, Surface and many other ways.

Postal cost increase to USA
USA withdraw from UPU

How does international shipping fee work?

The cost of international parcels mainly consists of two parts. One is the charges from the sending country, and the other is charges from destination country. For example, costs of an EMS package sent from Beijing, China (where the 42agent warehouse is located) to New York, USA  include: China Post’s cost from Beijing to New York, and the cost of delivering it from New York to the customer’s home.

Why Postal shipping increase if USA withdraw from UPU?

The UPU’s price rules require developed countries (such as the United States) to subsidize packages from developing countries (such as China) to a certain extent. As a result, the United States Postal Service (USPS) pays hundreds of millions of dollars each year. Today, the United States is reluctant to bear such subsidy costs. Therefore, the United States has 2 requests. 1. Withdraw from the UPU and negotiate freight rates with developing countries such as China alone. 2. Stay in the UPU, but the cost will increase significantly.

No matter whether the United States withdraws from UPU, postal parcels from China to United States are expected to be greatly affected. If the postal line shipping cost rises too much, it will also lead to a sharp increase in the quantity of parcels such as DHL and Fedex. Then it eventually leads to commercial express price increases, too.

At present, we have received notice of China Post’s expected price increase. However, the specific price changes are still unknown. It depends on the outcome of negotiations between United States and China and the UPU. If you have recently purchased plans from Taobao, Xianyu (second hand market of Taobao), 1688 or other China online shopping platforms, please be prepared to face the risk of a sharp increase in international shipping costs.

42agent will continue to monitor the progress of the event. We will notify all customers who ship to the United States once we get the exact shipping rate. We can’t control the changes in international shipping costs, we can only strengthen our service quality and continue to be your preferred Taobao purchasing service provider.

42agent team

September 29th, 2019

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