Shipping small packages through the US Postal Service will get more expensive for overseas shippers like China. The US Postal Regulatory Commission approved a November request from the USPS to reclassify small packages and bulky letters coming into the country. With the approval, the USPS will now ask for a price changes on those services.
US companies have often complained that it cost more to send similarly sized packages to US buyers than it costs a Chinese shipper. These changes are expected to help address the concerns.
In August, the Trump administration also announced a withdrawal from the Universal Postal Union, a United Nations organization that handles terminal dues for countries. The US would like to make the UPU more equitable. China’s classification in the UPU allows it benefit from a lower rate. The process is expected to take a year.