Resources about the Presidential Memorandum on International Mail


The memo

Presidential Memorandum for the Secretary of State, Secretary of the Treasury, Secretary of Homeland Security, Postmaster General, and Chairman of the Postal Regulatory Commission (Aug. 23, 2018)



Inbound China ePacket Costing Methodology, USPS OIG Audit Report (Feb. 25, 2014)

Terminal Dues in the Age of Ecommerce, USPS OIG Report RARC-WP-16-003 (Dec. 14, 2015)

International Mail: Information on Changes and Alternatives to the Terminal Dues System, GAO Report GAO-18-112 (Oct. 2017)

Crisis in the Mail: Fixing a Broken International Package System, Arthur Herman, senior fellow at Hudson Institute (March 2, 2017)

IPC Global Postal Industry Report 

Market Research on International Letters and Lightweight Parcels and Express Mail Service Items, Universal Postal Union

UPU Terminal Dues, J. Campbell (Dec. 9, 2016)

The Economics of Terminal Dues, Postal Regulatory Commission (Sept. 30, 2014)


U.S. Department of State

Minutes and Agendas of the Meetings of the Advisory Committee on International Postal and Delivery Services (2008-2015)



Fair Competition in International Shipping, Hearing Before The Subcommittee On Government Operations Of The Committee On Oversight And Government Reform House Of Representatives (June 16, 2015) (Video and statements)

Letter to Secretary Tillerson and Postmaster General Brennan from members of Congress, regarding undercharging foreign posts, especially China Post (Nov. 8, 2017)


Postal Regulatory Commission

2017 Annual Compliance Determination Report, March 29, 2018

Public Inquiry on the Classification of the Inbound Letter Post Product, Postal Regulatory CommissionDocket PI2018-1

Section 407 inquiry on “whether certain proposals for the 26th Congress of the Universal Postal Union are consistent with the standards and criteria for modern rate regulation,” Docket IM2016-1

USPS comments on Section 407 Inquiry, Docket No. IM2016-1 (July 21, 2016)

Determination to Unseal the Postal Service’s Response to Chairman’s Information Request No. 15, PRC Order 4451, regarding international mail, Postal Regulatory Commission (March 28, 2018)

Nonpublic Annex to the United States Postal Service Motion for Reconsideration of Order No. 4451, PRC Docket No. ACR 2017

News and Op-Ed articles

Cassidy Applauds President Trump’s Action to End Unfair International Mail Rates, press release from U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), (Aug. 23, 2018)

The International Postal System Is Profoundly Broken—And Nobody Is Paying Attention, David Z. Morris, Pacific Standard (Dec. 14, 2015)

The Postal Service is losing millions a year to help you buy cheap stuff from China, Jeff Guo, Washington Post (Sept. 12, 2014)

As U.S. Postage Rates Continue To Rise, The USPS Gives The Chinese A ‘Free Ride‘, Wade Shepard, Forbes (Nov. 5, 2017)

Trump can move unilaterally to stop US subsidies for Chinese shipping, Ami Horowitz, Washington Examiner (Aug. 7, 2018)