UPU’s member countries agree on way forward to resolve matter of remuneration rates

25.10.2018 - The Universal Postal Union’s Director General Bishar A. Hussein said today that the organization was doing everything possible to solve the matter of the remuneration rates known as terminal dues.

Speaking about the fast-track negotiations UPU was formulating, he said, “I am glad to inform you that, this week, members agreed on a proposal to adjust the timelines on the discussion on the remuneration related subject with a view to coming up with a proposal to the Council of Administration by the April 2019 session.”

Since 1969, the designated operator that sends a letter-post item to another country remunerates the destination Post for processing and delivering that item. This system of remuneration is known as terminal dues.

Mr. Hussein, who was speaking during the plenary session of the Council of Administration, also reiterated his intention to meet with the United States to further discuss the matter and he said he hoped to resolve the matter amicably. “I would urge the US, and all members, to exercise flexibility while discussing this matter,” he added. 

In a letter received on 17th October, UPU was informed by the Government of the United States of America that it intends to withdraw from the organization. The decision is to be effective one year after the day on which the notice was received.

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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.

Consisting of 41 member countries, the Council of Administration (CA) meets twice per year at UPU headquarters in Berne. The Council ensures the continuity of the UPU's work between Congresses, supervises its activities and studies regulatory, administrative, legislative and legal issues.

The CA can also take measures it considers necessary to resolve urgent issues. It approves the UPU's biennial budget and accounts, as well as yearly updates on the UPU's strategy and budget. The Council is also responsible for promoting and coordinating all aspects of technical assistance among member countries.

For further information, please contact:

David Dadge

Manager, Communication and Events Programme

Universal Postal Union (UPU)

Executive Office Directorate

T +41 31 350 31 23

E david.dadge[at]upu.int

 

 

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