EcommerceBytes-NewsFlash, Number 2719 - January 17, 2012     1 of 4

USPS Helps Asian Sellers Export Goods to US via eBay

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The USPS is helping eBay sellers in Singapore export goods to the U.S. thanks to a new trilateral agreement with the Singaporean postal service. SingPost launched a new shipping service for eBay Singapore sellers in collaboration with the United States Postal Service called ePAC. By using ePAC, eBay Singapore sellers receive enhanced international tracking and delivery of lightweight goods, not exceeding 2kg, from Singapore to the U.S. within 6 to 8 working days.

The service is part of eBay and SingPost's ongoing efforts to boost trade from Singapore to the United States. The USPS entered into a similar arrangement in China and in Hong Kong with eBay and the postal systems of those countries.

In a press release announcing the new agreement in Singapore, eBay's COO in Asia Oliver Hua said the USPS is helping eBay sellers in China export more than 90,000 parcels a day to the United States, and he told ZDnet Asia the combined cross-border trade volume on eBay from China and Hong Kong totaled $4 billion in 2010.

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