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by Ina Steiner, Editor of EcommerceBytes.com
Mon Sept 12 2016 22:10:57

Sellers Appeal to PRC Chairman over Shipping Cost Inequities

By: Ina Steiner

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Two online sellers appealed directly to the chairperson of the Postal Regulatory Commission on Monday over rising shipping costs that they say are due in part to Chinese sellers, and what they say is the unfair system that allows Chinese merchants to ship certain items to the US for less than what it costs a domestic seller.

"The expense of the ever growing burden of Chinese packages in the USPS system also drives up the future fees I must pay for shipping," wrote Marjorie Alexander to Chairman Taub.

Alexander explained that her shipping costs rose 175% since starting her small home business 9 years ago. She appealed to Taub to represent the interests of the American economy and the concerns of the American people when weighing on the issue of UPU Terminal Dues to the State Department.

"I ask that you make every effort within your means to change the current terminal dues system in place, so that Chinese package terminal dues actually cover the cost of their delivery. I believe to do any less would be to fail the American people and our economy."

She said she would also be submitting her concerns directly to the State Department.

Another seller wrote in a letter to Chairperson Taub on Monday, "To ship a two ounce package costs me over 250% of what a Chinese shipper pays to deliver the same package to a US customer. This creates an unfair imbalance, giving Chinese ecommerce merchants a powerful and unjust advantage over domestic sellers who benefit our own country's economy by creating employment."

EcommerceBytes has written extensively on the issue of China ePacket rates and UPU terminal dues, see more in this July 20th Newsflash article.

The two letters sent to Chairperson Taub reflect the anger and frustration that many sellers have expressed over what they consider an unfair advantage overseas merchants have in reaching shoppers in the US.




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by: maxmad This user has validated their user name.

Tue Sep 13 05:59:14 2016

It's funny how I see people now complaining about China, 25 years ago when we yelled and screamed about china taking away our manufacturing, no one cared, no one helped us, not the government absolutely no one.

the Chinese master plan is to completely destroy and take control of the world economy, one dollar at a time, the average person will never notice, and no one cares, they want cheap, and FYI it's already way too late

I think they already signed another ten year e-packet deal,

Teach your children how to speak, read and write Chinese, it will be one of the best things you can do for their future success .

 

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This user has validated their user name. by: Rexford

Tue Sep 13 06:37:49 2016

AND..........don't order goods from China.  Shopping on eBay?  Sort by USA only.

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by: FeelingFroggy This user has validated their user name.

Tue Sep 13 06:45:43 2016

Lots of luck getting anything from them. If anything the PRC will be raising your rates another 5 percent come January.

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by: OnlyPollyPocket This user has validated their user name.

Tue Sep 13 07:02:52 2016

What Rexford said!!  My back button is my friend when I see shipping from China.

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by: DingDong This user has validated their user name.

Tue Sep 13 08:31:50 2016

Totally agree.
The Chinese have give been every opportunity in selling at everyone's expense.

But then you also have the locals.
When Amazon has a HUGE discount on Priority shipping and I am paying full price, their packages are given the highest priority.
All these huge box stores need to be paying at least 75% of the shipping cost and treated like the rest of us with the same shipping times. No More Sunday deliveries.

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by: gizmo This user has validated their user name.

Tue Sep 13 09:34:33 2016

Boycott USPS. I stopped using USPS 6 months ago. Sure , costs me a bit more , though , less lost packages , less damaged  , & I do not contribute to the USPS Bull. I have happy customers , It makes me happy. I do not need USPS Bull---- ! Or , their crappy boxes , their no payout bugus insurance , or their excuses. NO MORE USPS anti American practices.

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This user has validated their user name. by: toolguy

Tue Sep 13 10:18:56 2016

I have no choice but to use the USPS.

I spend on average $250 a week in postage, if I used UPS for shipping those same packages would cost $350

Using UPS over USPS would cost me over $4000 more a year.

I CAN'T DO THAT!

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by: FeelingFroggy This user has validated their user name.

Tue Sep 13 12:01:37 2016

I'm with tool guy. Its USPS for us also. Thousands of dollars a month at USPS would cost 10's of thousands via the other guys.

Besides just why would one cut off their nose to spite the face by paying more for shipping than need be. Do you really think USPS cares or worries about it. Not a chance.

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by: mcposty This user has validated their user name.

Tue Sep 13 15:31:11 2016

Create a large group of puckiters at the ports, get national coverage, most people would be angered by chinese shipping costs versus domestic.

Its horrible..and its also hurts.brands and wholesalers becYse china doesn't need them.they just sell directly to the US for almost free, selling even lower then they give wholesalers / inporters, not to mention how easy it is to sell a bilkion fakes and ruin our markets.

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by: puppy This user has validated their user name.

Tue Sep 13 17:41:28 2016

I am marjorie, as quoted in this article (thank you for this coverage Ina). I realize some people are just venting in these comments, but the one statement that an agreement for another 10 years of e-packet rates has already been signed is incorrect. (This will be negotiated at the upcoming Universal Postal Union Congress in Turkey, beginning Sept 20th). It is still not too late to write your own letters to the PRC and the State Dept. I have shared extensive clear easy-to-follow instructions for how to do this on the Amazon seller forums thread titled "Postal Reg Commission is reviewing Docket to change low China terminal dues".  Do a forum search and you will find all the information you need. To Mcposty, I love your idea about pickets. I had an idea to organize pickets of ecommerce sellers at local post offices during the UPU proceedings, however just getting people to write a simple letter or send an email has been very difficult so organizing a picket seems very difficult. This affects all ecommerce sellers so deeply. I am baffled as to why it is so difficult to get people to take action, even after doing all the preliminary work and research for them.

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by: mcposty This user has validated their user name.

Tue Sep 13 23:13:20 2016

I live in La I will gladly picket at the ports, or anywhere to get the facts out to citizens who I gather have no clue this is going on

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by: Volvo351 This user has validated their user name.

Tue Sep 13 23:14:15 2016

Why shouldn't the USPS bend over backwards for the ChiCom's? Everyone else in the US government does!

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by: Volvo351 This user has validated their user name.

Tue Sep 13 23:16:41 2016

Interesting, isn't it, that the Postal Regulatory Commission has the same acronym - PRC - as the People's Republic of China! When reading the headline I first assumed that Americans were appealing to the commie dictators. As if they'd get any satisfaction from that quarter.

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by: GotToGetOut This user has validated their user name.

Wed Sep 14 07:07:59 2016

This agreement is absolutely ridiculous. Somewhere I read (and it may not be quite accurate but on line with what's happening) that the new agreement doubled the amount the postal service received relative to the previous agreement. The big problem was they were still losing money on each and every package and when shipping from China quadrupled over a few years, the postal service lost 2X more. It's a double loss for Ebay sellers -- we pay more for shipping and when the post office still loses money we have increased taxes.

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This user has validated their user name. by: Marie

Wed Sep 14 13:23:51 2016

Rexford is absolutely right.  The Asian sellers only have a market here because we allow it.  And while some on these threads get very vocal venting about the unfairness of these shipping costs with USPS, they also admit they purchase things from Asian sellers on a regular basis.

If they didn't have a market here [customers], they wouldn't be selling here.  But some people just don't get that.  And there is enough of them that it keeps them in business year after year.

Puppy, thank you for stepping out and doing all of this.  I for one will be going to the threads on Amazon to get the info.

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by: A.Seller This user has validated their user name.

Sat Sep 24 18:45:06 2016

The issues are "social engineering" "Fair Trade Not Free Trade" and the question is when did our Government allow this to happen?  If you want to stop this - there are elections and politicians running for office in November.  Contact them now and push for an answer if they will vote to immediately rescind the actions of the USPS.

Any person and any business can buy from overseas, importing items to sell in the USA.  We pay for the inventory, we shipping fees to bring it to the USA, we pay import duty to the Federal Government. - The USPS PRC is killing millions of jobs and small businesses throughout the USA.  People can't follow the "American Dream" of starting a small business or even selling at a Flea Market stall.  The PRC allows small/medium/large foreign sellers to ship to the USA end users at a fraction of the price if in USA business rates.  And, the PRC does not collect any import duty for shipments coming to the USA.  I have seen many importers, distributors and wholesalers being completely wiped out by direct sales from China (other countries are to be added by the PRC to this same program).  When the importers/distributors/wholesalers are eliminated, what is next??? The lifeblood of American business - the small sellers who can't compete with direct sales from overseas, low shipping costs and no import duty!  

You must tell your politicians that you want "Fair Trade" not "Free Trade" and your vote depends upon what they do or don't do.

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by: A.Seller This user has validated their user name.

Sun Sep 25 21:26:11 2016

We have people complaining about a Budget Deficit as an issue to help determine who should be elected President.  Why is our Government not collecting import duties on the actual expense/value of the items being imported?  If this raises the cost of business for the USPS to collect these duties and pay them to the American People/Federal Government, their shipping rates for foreign sellers should be increased to cover this cost.  And the US Government should receive the revenues.  (Why any part of the USA population should participate or encourage sending our money outside the USA in huge volumes is another issue.)  If a foreign seller fraudulently lists any value for the contents of the package other than what was actually paid, the USPS should be maintaining a ''banned'' list of fraudulent sellers and not accept any future packages from them.  Or the USPS is complicit in the commission of billions of dollars of fraud per year.

My intent is to contact every congressman and senator in my state and on the Senate and House committees responsible for oversight of the USPS.  You should do this too.



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