At the Extraordinary Universal Postal Congress, which was held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 3rd to 7th September, the Ukrainian delegation defended the preservation of the small packet as one of the most popular postal item formats. The delegation included representatives of the Ministry of Infrastructure and the National Postal Operator of Ukraine, JSC “Ukrposhta”.
“At the Extraordinary Universal Postal Congress the UPU product service matrix was probably the point of hottest debate. Small packet containing goods is currently the most affordable and the most popular cross-border e-commerce postal format. For some political reasons, a number of countries initiated a proposal to reconsider the postal product system and to eliminate small packet. Ukraine objected, as did all e-commerce-active countries, such as Germany, the United Kingdom, Singapore, China and Switzerland. The proposal was declined. This decision is extremely beneficial for Ukrainian exporters, as it is essential for the stable growth of postal export from Ukraine in the coming years, which is now growing at 30% annually,” said Oleksandr Pertsovskyi, Chief Operating Officer of JSC “Ukrposhta”.
Another point of vigorous discussion was the standard of mandatory tracking for letter post and small packets. Since most countries, for various political and economic reasons, opposed the proposal, Ukrposhta will continue to bilaterally negotiate end-to-end tracking of postal items from posting to delivery with individual countries, in order to further improve delivery service. Over the past year, Ukrposhta has managed to agree on the mutual complementary service with more than 100 countries, ensuring end-to-end tracking of letters/small packets for 157 countries.
The Extraordinary Congress was convened to address a large number of important issues and to amend the Acts of the Universal Postal Union, which secure the global postal delivery system.
Reference: The Universal Postal Union (UPU) is the second oldest international organization, established in 1874, and a specialized agency of the United Nations. With its 192 member countries, the UPU creates a universal postal network of more than 5.3 million national postal staff and about 770 thousand post offices.