U.S./International Customs Practices under Review as eCommerce Volume Surges

Next year, more than 100 billion small packages are expected to be shipped worldwide, an increase of more than 35 percent over 2016 levels. That information, provided by the Pitney Bowes Parcel Shipping Index, is based on analysis of the world’s 13 largest geographic regions, which found China leads the world with more than 30 billion parcels shipped during 2016, followed by the United States at 13 billion, and Japan at 9 billion.

The single biggest reason for this surge, of course, is eCommerce. Consumers worldwide have embraced the convenience and choices inherent to online shopping and, collectively, have added billions of new packages to the global supply chain.

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