World postal rates overhauled after US quit threat
So does Canada import more than 75k tonnes of stuff from China by post? If so expect shipping costs on sites like eBay and Aliexpress to go up.The agreement means the US and other high volume importers can set their own rates for delivering mail from abroad.
The US had earlier threatened to pull out, arguing that discount rates for countries such as China were putting the US at a massive disadvantage.
It said that it had become cheaper for US consumers to ship items from China rather than buying domestically. As a result, it argued this was unfair to US manufacturers and was costing the US Postal Service up to $500m ($404m) a year...
From January 2021, high-volume importers will be able to impose "self-declared rates" for delivering foreign mail and packages.
Countries that import more than 75,000 tonnes (75m kgs) of post every year can apply their own rates by July 2020.
See also: U.S. Will Remain in Postal Treaty After Emergency Talks