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Bipartisan Postal Service Reform Helps Ensure Sustainable USPS

AF&PA encourages additional policy to provide rate certainty

CONTACT: Tim Ebner
(202) 463-2436, comm@afandpa.org 

WASHINGTON – The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) President and CEO Heidi Brock today released the following statement in response to President Joe Biden signing The Postal Service Reform Act into law: 

“The Postal Service Reform Act is a historic step forward for the United States Postal Service (USPS). These bipartisan reforms come at a time when USPS plays a critical role for our nation’s communications and commerce. 

“Millions of Americans across the country rely on timely and affordable mail and package delivery services. In 2020, USPS delivered approximately 39%, or nearly $6.5 billion worth of communications papers produced in the U.S. and delivered 7.3 billion parcels with paper-based packaging materials. 

“However, this law does not address the issue of rate uncertainties for mailers. AF&PA encourages additional policy actions needed to provide rate certainty, like a rate cap consistent with the 2006 Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act. 

“The Postal Reform Act, along with continued efforts, will help ensure a more sustainable future for USPS. It increases transparency, improves service and keeps U.S. mail as a competitive option in the 21st century.” 

The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) serves to advance U.S. paper and wood products manufacturers through fact-based public policy and marketplace advocacy. The forest products industry is circular by nature. AF&PA member companies make essential products from renewable and recycle resources, generate renewable bioenergy and are committed to continuous improvement through the industry’s sustainability initiative—Better Practices, Better Planet 2030: Sustainable Products for a Sustainable Future. The forest products industry accounts for approximately four percent of the total U.S. manufacturing GDP, manufactures nearly $300 billion in products annually and employs approximately 950,000 people. The industry meets a payroll of approximately $60 billion annually and is among the top 10 manufacturing sector employers in 45 states. Visit AF&PA online at afandpa.org or follow us on Twitter @ForestandPaper.