As of 1st July 2022, private companies are welcome to apply for the membership of the Consultative Committee.
Postal stakeholders that are not public postal operators or regulators can add their voice to the UPU's deliberations through the Consultative Committee (CC). The Committee represents the interests of the wider postal sector and provides a framework for effective dialogue.
UPU's World Leaders Forum 2022
The UPU invites current and prospective Consultative Committee members to take part in its annual World Leaders Forum, held as part of the leading global postal trade show Parcel+Post-Expo, on 17 October 2022, in Frankfurt, Germany. The Forum is a flagship UPU event that this year will be focusing on transformative cross-sector partnerships for the successful digital development of the sector and will feature a session dedicated to the work of the UPU Consultative Committee and its members.
The UPU's Forum and Parcel+Post Expo offer excellent networking and experience sharing opportunities. For those who can not participate in person, online streaming will be available.
More information and registration links can be found on this page.
New Member announcement
The Chair of the UPU Consultative Committee (CC), Mr Walter Trezek, is pleased to announce that the application of GTS Express to become a Gold member of the UPU CC has been approved.
GTS Express is an international logistics resources integrator headquartered in Estonia, with a desire to improve the global cross-border delivery experience for businesses and e-commerce customers. Through its vast overseas infrastructure and with offices in 25 countries on five continents, it is able to tailor time- and cost-efficient logistics solutions for each customer.
Erki Lastik, Member of the Board
The Chair of the UPU Consultative Committee (CC), Mr Walter Trezek, is pleased to announce that the application of Eurora Solutions to become a Gold member of the UPU CC has been approved.
Eurora Solutions OÜ is a new generation technology provider for cross-border e-commerce and customs compliance. It offers PaaS (Platform as a Service), with a fast growing global network and a strong presence in Asia, the European Union, the Middle East, the United Kingdom and, very soon, the United States. It provides automated solutions for online sellers, marketplaces and logistics companies via simple API integration. Eurora Solutions is proud to have developed, together with scientists, the most advanced artificial intelligence for cross-border compliance.
Eurora Solutions considers membership of the UPU Consultative Committee to be essential to initiating and optimizing cooperation with all interested designated operators of UPU member countries. It is very interested in: participating in the substantive work of the UPU and its working groups; contributing its expertise and working on the further development of the global postal sector, taking into account the rapid growth of e-commerce in particular; gaining better access to UPU products and services; and providing its solutions and services to UPU stakeholders.
Marek Uusküla, Head of Customs Services
The Chair of the UPU Consultative Committee (CC), Mr Walter Trezek, is pleased to announce that the application of Mail Americas to become a Gold member of the UPU CC has been approved.
MailAmericas specializes in providing cross-border logistic solutions in Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, south-east Asia and eastern Europe, driven by innovation and a solid IT base.
Today, MailAmericas brings cutting-edge package tracking and information processing solutions, as well as offering alternative delivery solutions (ADS). Over time, it has incorporated private companies, including airlines (passenger and cargo flights), freight forwarders, third-party logistics firms and last-mile service companies, into its end-to-end ADS network. The synergy in the public-private matrix of designated operators and private players is at the core of MailAmericas’ success in the international e-commerce ecosystem.
MailAmericas is thrilled to continue working with the entire postal sector, through its participation in the UPU Consultative Committee, with consideration always given to the customer’s preferences and the need to strengthen the postal network above all else.
The future is here and UPU members must embrace this unique opportunity. MailAmericas is here to work side-by-side with stakeholders and be a part of the major challenge that lies ahead for the postal sector.
Tomas H. Miguens, President
For more information, please contact the CC Secretariat by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
New CC members since 1 July 2022
Apply for CC membership
If you would like to become a Consultative Committee member, please complete the application form using one of the following options:
- Download the default PDF application form, print, fill in manually, scan and send it back to email@example.com
- Download the interactive PDF application form (recommended), fill in, sign digitally and send it back by clicking the "SEND BY E-MAIL" button. Please note that it is required to use ADOBE Acrobat Reader, if you chose this option.
Should you have any questions, please contact us by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
22.06.2022Please print out, fill and sign this application form and send it back to email@example.com.
22.06.2022Please fill and digitally sign this interactive application form and send it by clicking the inside "SEND BY E-MAIL" button.
As of 1 July 2022, the CC will comprise non-governmental organizations (including organizations representing customers, delivery service providers, postal employees or postal employers); philanthropic entities; standardization, financial and development organizations; suppliers of goods and services to the postal services sector; transportation entities and other private sector entities; and like organizations of individuals and companies which have an interest in supporting the mission and objectives of the Union.
Any requests for membership of the CC, as submitted by the entities or high-level figures referred to in article 120 of the UPU General Regulations, shall be accompanied by the prior written authorization or recommendation of the corresponding Union member country, in accordance with article 120.2.
All Union member countries will receive a circular letter informing them of the decisions of the CA and the new membership application procedure for the Consultative Committee as of 1 July 2022.
The CC secretariat will process the written authorization or recommendation of the corresponding Union member country upon receipt of the duly completed and signed membership request form.
In other words, a CC applicant is responsible for contacting the competent authority (ministry or postal regulator) of the Union member country in which the applicant is established, to seek validation/accreditation from the said authority in the form of signature of section 2 (Authorization) of the CC membership request form.
In addition to validating/accrediting the CC membership application, the competent authority (ministry or postal regulator) of the Union member country will also ascertain:
- In the case of a non-governmental organization, that the entity is established (and registered, if so required) in the Union member country;
- In the case of a company, that the entity is registered in the Union member country, in accordance with the laws and regulations of that country, as an entity operating in the postal market.
Membership benefits and fees
There are two types of membership of the Consultative Committee, with their own particular benefits and fees:
- Non-governmental organizations wishing to apply for membership of the CC (specific membership benefits as presented in the scale of fees defined by the CC)
- Individual companies wishing to apply for membership of the CC (specific membership benefits as presented in the scale of fees defined by the CC) in one of the following three categories:
Please note that according to the Consultative Committee Rules of Procedure, art. 11, Financing of the Committee, members are obligated to pay annual membership fees. The annual membership fee to be paid by the “Gold member” is 20.000CHF, by “Silver member” is 15.000CHF and by “Bronze member” is 10.000CHF within one calendar year. The annual fee for NGOs is 5.000CHF.
If you became a CC member after 1 July 2022 and you have paid your membership fee in full amount in 2022, in 2023 you will receive an invoice with the deduction. The deduction will correspond to the pro-rata amount for the months in 2022 prior to the date of your membership application approval (e.g. if your membership was approved on 10 October 2022, your membership fee in 2023 will be deducted to 9 months’ membership fee). This calculation will be reflected in the new invoice issued in January 2023.
The new members who join the UPU CC since 1 September 2022 will receive an invoice for membership fee-2022 with the amount to be paid only for the months left before the end of the year 2022 on a pro rata basis.
Consultative Committee structure
Six thematic chapters have been established to complement the new structure of the Consultative Committee, as of 1 July 2022:
- Policy and regulations: liaison with CA C 2 and the POC C 1 Standards Board;
- Freight and transport: liaison with the POC C 1 Transport Group (and subgroups for different transport modes);
- Customs and product security: liaison with the POC C 1 Customs Group and Postal Security Group;
- Addressing and direct marketing: liaison with the POC C 1 Addressing Group and POC C 3 Direct Marketing Advisory Board;
- E-commerce: liaison with CA C 3, POC C 2 and POC C 3;
- Postal financial services: liaison with POC C 4.
The work of the CC will be conducted according to these thematic chapters, which reflect the membership structure of the CC. Each thematic chapter will be represented by a rapporteur. The rapporteur will be elected and appointed by the CC to (i) represent the thematic chapter, (ii) present any opinions developed by the CC and provide input to the relevant CA and POC committees and working groups, (iii) report to the CC and its members, and (iv) propose appropriate responses to and positions on work proposals and working drafts. Sub-themes and sub-rapporteurs may be created in the future.
Objectives of the CC
The committee plays a key role in developing a more global vision of the issues affecting the sector. This role enhances the UPU's value to the industry and its effectiveness.
The Consultative Committee (CC) meets once a year at the UPU headquarters in Berne at the same time as the Postal Operations Council (POC) meetings.
The next CC Management Committee meeting is tentatively scheduled for 13 October 2022. The formal invitation will be sent out shortly. You will receive the Zoom link for the remote meeting to be held in English and French.
The next CC General Assembly is tentatively scheduled to take place during POC S3 in April 2023. The exact date will be communicated later.
If you have any questions, please contact the CC Secretariat at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Consultative Committee is holding a series of three one-hour webinars dedicated to the disrupted market environment resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic: accelerated digitalization of communications and commerce, leading to changes in e commerce logistics; changing consumer behaviors; and what citizens should expect from the universal service obligation in their respective countries.
Watch webinar 1: In this recorded version of the Trilogy Webinar 1, you will be hearing a presentation by the Secretary General of Ecommerce Europe based on a recent survey. The survey was carried out in the context of the second lockdown at the end of 2020, focusing on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the e-commerce sector in Europe.
Watch webinar 2: In this recorded version of the Trilogy Webinar 2, you will be hearing a presentation by the Chief of the ICT Policy Section at UNCTAD based on a recent UNCTAD report titled “COVID-19 and e‑commerce: a global review”. The aim of this UNCTAD report was to jointly assess how the impact of the pandemic was playing out in various regions of the world.
Watch Webinar 3: In this recorded version of the Trilogy Webinar 3, you will be hearing a presentation by the Executive Director of the International Mailers Advisory Group partly based on a report of individual research by the USPS Office of Inspector General on the universal service obligation (USO).
04.07.2022Consultative Committee – Council of Administration decisions and new membership application procedure (effective from 1 July 2022)
24.05.2022Applications for CC membership must be in accordance with the relevant provisions in the UPU General Regulations (articles 120 and 121) and the Rules of Procedure of the Consultative Committee (article 2).
- Ecommerce Europe
- Eurora Solutions
- Forum for Research and Development of Postal Services in Africa (FRDPA)
- Global Envelope Alliance (GEnA)
- Global Express Association (GEA)
- International Mailers' Advisory Group (IMAG)
- International Post Corporation (IPC)
- International Publisher and Postal Association (IPPA)
- Latin American Association of Private Posts and Postal Operators (ALACOPP)
- Latin American Institute for Electronic Commerce (eInstituto)
- logistic-natives e.V.
- Mail Americas
- P2 Brief + Paket Beteiligungs GmbH
- Research and Studies Telecommunications Centre (CERT)
- UNI Global Union