Treaty deal averts military mail disruption but cost of shipping overseas likely to rise

A volunteer helps sort holiday-season mail in the post office at Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras, Jan. 2, 2019. DESTINEE SWEENEY/U.S. AIR FORCE
A volunteer helps sort holiday-season mail in the post office at Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras, Jan. 2, 2019. DESTINEE SWEENEY/U.S. AIR FORCE

Treaty deal averts military mail disruption but cost of shipping overseas likely to rise

by Wyatt Olson
Stars and Stripes

The military mail system no longer faces imminent disruption, but servicemembers may find increased costs to mail packages to and from overseas locations in the wake of new reforms.

The White House announced Wednesday the United States will remain in a 145-year-old international postal treaty that President Donald Trump had threatened to leave by next month if changes were not made in how global price rates are set.

The treaty governs postage rates for letters and packages mailed throughout the world.

U.S. negotiators hammered out a compromise deal during an emergency meeting of treaty members held this week in Geneva, Switzerland, that gives the U.S. Postal Service flexibility in setting postage rates for incoming international mail.

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