Statement on the decision of the United States of America to withdraw from the Universal Postal Union treaties

17.10.2018 - The United States of America has informed the Universal Postal Union (UPU) of its decision to withdraw from the treaties of the UPU. In a letter received on 17 October, the USA will withdraw membership to the Union a year from now.

UPU Director General Bishar A. Hussein regrets the decision and will seek to meet representatives of the Government of the United States of America to further discuss the matter. 

“The UPU remains committed to attainment of the noble aims of international collaboration by working with all its 192 member countries to ensure that the treaty best serves everyone”, he said. 


The Universal Postal Union is a United Nations specialized agency with its headquarters in the Swiss capital Berne. Established in 1874, it is one of the world’s oldest international organizations. UPU is the primary forum for cooperation between postal sector players and helps to provide a truly universal network of up-to-date products and services that actively benefit this sector. 

David Dadge

Manager, Communication and Events Programme

Universal Postal Union (UPU)

Executive Office Directorate

International Bureau

Weltpoststrasse 4

P.O. Box 312

3000 BERNE 15


T +41 31 350 31 23


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