US firms gain broader access to China express delivery market

The State Postal Bureau (SPB) announced Friday that two US-based multinational logistics companies, Federal Express Corp (FedEx) and United Parcel Service of America Inc (UPS), have been granted access to China’s domestic express delivery market, in a move to fulfill the country’s WTO obligations.

FedEx has won approval to conduct express delivery business, except letter delivery, into eight cities including Shanghai and Central China’s Zhengzhou, while UPS gained similar access to five cities, including Shanghai, Tianjin and Guangzhou, the SPB said.

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China Post cracks down on phony stamps

Shanghai’s postal service has started to require customers who use their own stamps to send overseas packages from one of 12 assigned post offices as part of an effort to crack down on counterfeit postage, local media reported Wednesday.

The change comes after more than a dozen downtown post offices uncovered a series of cases involving fake stamps, costing the postal service hundreds of thousands of yuan, said Kang Xinhua, who is in charge of service quality inspection at Shanghai Post, which runs the local postal service.

In response, Shanghai Post, a subsidiary of China Post, has outfitted 12 branches with equipment designed to identify counterfeit stamps, Kang said. Eight of the 12 are the main post office branches in the city’s suburban districts. The others are located downtown.

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