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The Universal Postal Union. Quo Vadis?

In: The Economics of the Postal and Delivery Sector


  • John Hearn

    (Formerly vice-chair CERP and Project Manager Postal Regulation, ComReg)


This paper considers the challenges faced by the Universal Postal Union such as the decline in the demand for letter services and the emergence of vibrant commercially focused delivery services for goods. The latter operate under different rules than postal services and provide integrated services on a regional or global basis. The UPU on the other hand provides a framework for national governments and their postal service providers to offer international services on the basis of interoperable domestic networks. But this gives rise to issues concerning the compensation of members for work undertaken on behalf of other members (terminal dues) and the relationship between members (i.e. governments) and operators. Is there a future for the UPU, and if so what changes will be necessary? The paper draws on Affiliationids : Aff1, Correspondingaffiliationid : Aff1 experiences in the aviation and telecommunications sectors in tackling similar challenges.

Suggested Citation

  • John Hearn, 2022. "The Universal Postal Union. Quo Vadis?," Topics in Regulatory Economics and Policy, in: Pier Luigi Parcu & Timothy J. Brennan & Victor Glass (ed.), The Economics of the Postal and Delivery Sector, pages 145-161, Springer.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:topchp:978-3-030-82692-5_10
    DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-82692-5_10

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