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July 1, 2018
GAO Releases Report about USPS Capital Spending and Processes
The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report on the U.S. Postal Service’s projected capital spending and processes for addressing uncertainties and risks. The GAO found that USPS faces unsustainable financial challenges. It was structured to be self-supporting but First-Class Mail volume continues to drop and it has seen operating losses for 11 straight years.
June 29, 2018
On June 29, 2018, Canada’s Department of Finance released a finalized list of tariffs on goods of U.S. origin in response to the U.S. Section 232 tariffs on steel and aluminum products, set to take effect on July 1, 2018.
The Department of Finance lists the final tariffs in three tables covering steel products subjected to a 25% surtax, aluminum products subjected to a 10% surtax, and other goods such as various foods and agricultural products, whiskey, cosmetics and hygienic products, insecticides and fungicides, household products, stoves, refrigerators, dishwashers, lawn mowers, washing machines, boats, and other products.
June 6, 2018
- Read our latest update on H.R.5524 – To amend title 39, United States Code, to require the United States Postal Service to establish rates for delivery of inbound international mail
May 25, 2018
- Read our latest post “Postal Service’s Pricing Methodology Upheld by Appeals Court”
February 26, 2018
- Read my post on Amazon’s recently announced “Shipping with Amazon” (SWA)
- New project case study: Impact of Incorrect ZIP+4 and Intelligent Mail Barcode (IMbTM) on deliverability