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April 9, 2010 7:30 AM Subscribe
If I send a postcard from China to the United States, I pay 4.5 RMB. Who gets the money?
posted by jweed to Law & Government (7 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Obviously China Post gets some of it. But doesn't USPS also get a cut? They're the ones who have to take it from the border to the actual address, after all (right?). So how does price sharing work? Does China Post pay some annual bulk rate to USPS to cover those costs? What if postal rates go up in the US?
Or, if the USPS gets none of it, why do they deliver the postcard? Is there some international agreement which boils down to We All Just Deliver Each Other's Mail?
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