International Mail Forwarding: An Option for USPS?
Posted on February 16th, 2015

International mail forwarding (IMF) allows foreign customers to manage their U.S. mail remotely, and the market for this type of service is estimated to be in the range of $1 billion per year. Revenue Opportunities for Innovative Mail Services, a white paper issued by the U.S. Postal Service’s Office of Inspector General, highlights IMF as an innovative area that may offer additional revenue opportunities for the USPS. IMF services range from basic redirection of mail to premium features, such as warehousing, consolidation, and commercial invoicing. “Assuming the Postal Service set up one processing center or international gateway as a pilot test,” the report suggests, “it could anticipate a positive return on investment after 2 years even if it processes only a small percentage (4 percent or 2,000 shipments weekly) of the 50,000 shipments that one leading IMF company processes in a week.”

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