|Mon Sept 12 2016 22:10:57|
Sellers Appeal to PRC Chairman over Shipping Cost Inequities
By: Ina Steiner
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.