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  •  I don't know who's responsible for this... (6+ / 0-)

    but here is another example of the government undermining the USPS.

    I'm in the Solomon Islands on my and every year I am required renew my vessel registration with the US Coast Guard. It's really a simple process if you are in the US. A month before the registration expires, they send you a form with the details of the vessel. Since nothing has changed, you simply sign the form mail it back and in a week or so your new Certificate of Documentation shows up in your mailbox.

    It's an entirely different ballgame if you're out in another country on your boat. There is no way you can do this electronically because you physically need to have the current document in your possession to check into and out of countries as you travel. As such, I try to plan for this annual ordeal well in advance because I know the difficulties and time required to get mail from the US to places like the Solomon Islands where mail service it not as reliable as we have in the US.

    My documentation expires at the end of this month so I started the procedure early last month. Rather than wait for the form to be sent out I went to their website and printed out the form, filled in all the information and they allow you to email this form back to the Coast Guard, which I did.

    Having spent about 5 months in the Solomon Islands, I had already learned which were acceptable methods of having mail and goods shipped into the country. USPS International Priority Mail usually takes about 2 weeks. DHL also has reliable service here. But, I was warned to avoid using FedEx as they were the most unreliable of all services to the Solomon Islands.

    I asked the Coast Guard to mail my new documentation directly too me here in the Solomon Islands using USPS International Priority Mail. You have to pay for the cost of mailing if sent outside the US so I included my credit card information to pay for the cost of mailing.

    I was astounded at their reply. They emailed me back and told me they were only "allowed" to send items out of the country using FedEx!! I wrote back explaining to them the problems that were reported with FedEx. They wrote back that they were sorry but would have to ship it using FedEx. Not wanting to risk the form being lost and starting the process all over again. I told them to send the form to my address in Hawaii and I would have the person who handles my mail forward it to me using USPS.

    The form is now in the mail and I should have it next week. What really bothers me about this is that portions of our own government have been forced to use a private company for mail services despite a customer(citizen)requesting another method when they are the ones that have to pay for it. I have no idea who has forced the US Coast Guard to use FedEx but it is incomprehensible to me why our own government entities are forbidden to use the services of the US Postal Service.

    Someone in Congress is no doubt responsible for this. They want to destroy the USPS by any and all means possible. One day they will finally succeed.

    Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity.

    by reflectionsv37 on Wed Apr 10, 2013 at 06:11:14 PM PDT

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