The Postal Service. Regulatory Bodies. Advantages over other shipping methods.
Communication by means of written documents from one point to another and the sending of parcels containing goods between two distant places can be dated from the beginning of time. With greater organization, the Egyptian civilization (2,400 B.C.) and later the Greco-Roman culture implemented messaging systems that laid the foundations for the current postal delivery systems.
The mail or postal service plays an important role in international trade, with over 300 billion deliveries made through this channel worldwide in 2016. Likewise, with the increase in internet purchases, the postal service has re-emerged as the fundamental ally of e-commerce due to its solid guarantees and the various advantages it offers in comparison with other modes of delivery.
Currently, postal services offer a variety of products that allow both documents and packages to be sent, from 0 kg to 30 kg, with conditions adjusted to the different needs and budgets of customers and with the guarantees of a specially regulated system to facilitate and dynamize the international exchange of goods.
International regulation of the postal service
A cross-border service such as the postal service was soon equipped with rules and regulations that formalize its operation and provide security and confidence to the users of the service.
In 1874, the Universal Postal Union (UPU) was created, an institution based in Bern and currently the main forum for cooperation between actors in the postal sector. With more than 192 member countries, the UPU aims to ensure a truly universal network of postal products and services to meet the changing needs of the market.
The UPU is the body charged with setting the rules for international postal exchanges and making recommendations to stimulate growth in mailing volumes and improve the quality of service to customers.
In addition to the UPU, postal service rules are established internationally by the WCO, the World Customs Organization, which comprises 182 customs administrations that together process approximately 98% of world trade. The WCO has the authority and expertise to establish all the legal, political, procedural, technological, and human resource measures related to the facilitation of international trade.
The WCO’s intrinsic functions include: Establish, implement, support and promote international instruments for the harmonization, simplification and uniform implementation of customs procedures and systems; and strengthen efforts to ensure compliance with legislation. In addition to collaborating to face the challenges of the current business environment and adapt to new circumstances, promoting communication and cooperation between different Customs administrations.
E-commerce businesses choose the postal service because of its guaranteed delivery, broad coverage, competitive prices and simplified customs procedures.
The regulatory framework applicable to the postal system and the efforts of the UPU and WCO to achieve efficiency in the global postal logistics chain confer advantages for this system that contribute to intensifying international trade and that are attracting more and more e-commerce goods.
Below we summarize the main advantages of the postal system for sending goods:
- Prices are cheaper than transport by Courier or Express, and in some countries there are insignificant differences in delivery times.
- Simplified and more agile customs procedures and requirements.
- 100% worldwide coverage, with an estimated network of 677,347 post offices in 2016.
- There is no minimum weight when applying a tariff.
- In general, there are no restrictions associated with the value of the merchandise, beyond the limitations that some countries may establish.
- Complete traceability and proof of delivery, depending on the contracted product.
- Secure delivery with very low incident rates.
- Any type of goods can be shipped, except under the prohibitions applicable to all modes of shipment established by local customs authorities and the International Air Transport Association (IATA). For more information on this topic, see Cacesa’s E-book.
- Availability of a service for the transport of urgent goods with special delivery times (Express Postal Service – EMS)
CACESA POSTAL, experience at the service of your electronic commerce
Cacesa Postal is the division of the Cacesa group specialized in the handling and transport of goods by post. Following its association with the international enterprise Asendia (a company participated in by Swiss Post and La Poste), Cacesa Postal has become a reference for those sending postal goods from China and Spain to the rest of the world.
Cacesa offers advantages over traditional postal products, as it offers its clients advanced tracking services and has agreements with the IAG Group that allow us to achieve the best delivery times on the American continent.
For more information on how the Cacesa Postal service can make the world accessible to your customers, do not hesitate to contact one of our experts in International Goods Transport.