E-Commerce Boosted the Number of Packages from China

by swisscham in BUSINESS NEWS

In 2015, the Swiss Post sent two and half million parcels from China. This growth, which should continue, is due to orders on Chinese e-commerce websites. These small parcels are essentially cheap electronic gadgets that Swiss people purchased on e-commerce platform such as Alibaba. But these parcels are not free meals. “[É] because there are international agreements that are negotiated between national positions. These contracts fix the remuneration and the money we earn from China by individual parcel does not cover the cost on the Swiss side.” says Swiss PostÕs spokeperson Bernhard Burki. This means that the amount China transfers to Switzerland for each parcel, around CHF 2-3, are simply insufficient. The reason is because of the status attributed to each country: Switzerland is put in the category of industrialized countries. China is however considered as an emerging country and therefore benefits from preferential rates on these interpostal remuneration. Bern intends to renegotiate the status of Beijing during the next meeting of international posts planned in the autumn.

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