“If you have ever bought stamps or shipped a package through the mail, you’re also footing part of the bill for inbound packages from China…”
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Kenny Marchant (R-TX-24), a senior member of the Ways and Means Committee, issued the following statement after introducing the Packages Overseas Subsidy Termination (POST) Act, H.R. 5524, legislation to end the practice by the United States Postal Service of subsidizing inbound international shipments.
“If you have ever bought stamps or shipped a package through the mail, you’re also footing part of the bill for inbound packages from China,” said U.S. Congressman Kenny Marchant (R-Texas). “The United States Postal Service (USPS) is subsidizing inbound packages from foreign countries and sticking American ratepayers with the tab. To the detriment of small businesses in my district and their customers, it is often cheaper to ship a package from China to anywhere in the United States than to mail a package from one North Texas city to another.
“Just this year, the USPS raised postal rates on my constituents and domestic customers throughout the country while leaving this subsidy on international shipments unchanged. This unfair policy of propping up foreign competitors benefits companies overseas and punishes main street businesses in our communities. The POST Act, requires the Postal Regulatory Commission to establish postal rates that ensures parity between domestic and international shippers and levels the playing field for American small businesses competing in this global economy.”