• anon

    It might prove to be a useful exercise for the OIG to be able to estimate the cost of an inefficient USPS International service. I'd love to buy lots of US-manufactured goods and have them shipped to me. In-the-past I used to buy custom guitar F/X pedals, particularly those made by small concerns in New York State. I happily took the hit in postage costs and import duty. That was in the 1990s and the first decade of our 'modern' era. In that time I would expect a package from the US to arrive in my hands after just a fortnight. In the last decade though, buying a US-manufactured item, and being sure it will turn-up, or that it will turn-up in any reasonable amount of time...is problematic. The ISC's are the main sticking point it seems. The huge delays and instances of even tracked items going missing (that is, stolen) or damaged has an impact both on the end-customer, but also the US-based sender. The consequence is that international purchasers become wary of buying US-manufactured goods, having little-or-no confidence that they will arrive, or arrive intact. The knock-on impact is that US manufacturers, particularly small and medium-sized concerns, find that direct sales to international customers reduce or disappear altogether, leaving them to either be limited to the domestic US market, or to enter into low-margin agreements with resellers abroad. Calculating the cost to US manufacturers would be a difficult task, but the OIG could take perhaps one sector and extrapolate. My experience is with three areas; guitar accessories, shooting accessories (not firearms or firearms parts) and painting accessories, particularly specialist airbrushes designed and manufactured in the US. Because of fears and doubts about USPS international deliveries, my US-derived purchases have reduced markedly over the last few years - but that is just my experience.

    Oct 10, 2019
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