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Re: concerns over USPS-FedEx potential partnership
One can only hope, that in that case USPS regulations will prevail.
After all, "the customer (USPS) is always right"!
Postal regulations provide for shipment of live animals, provided they
do not "require food or water" (I assume to be added).
After all, chicks, ducklings and bees have been transported almost
exclusively by USPS for at least 150 years. I have read someplace, that
up to about the change of the century (XIX to XX) even children could be
(and were) sent by mail!
Imagine, getting your granddaughter for a week's vacation by mail!
Shane Essary wrote:
> If anyone has been keeping up with this, here's what I see as concerning:
> If FedEx does indeed begin moving Express Mail and Priority shipments for
> the USPS, it may endanger our most common method of shipping stock. For
> those of you who do not know, FedEx policy prohibits the shipment of
> tropical fish within their system, with the exception for International
> Express Airport-to-Airport shipments (wish I had the policy/service bulletin
> handy). As an 8 year veteran of the FedEx Memphis Sort facility, I can say
> that there are a few shipments that "fall through the cracks" against
> policy. I can also attest that most employees are instructed to REFUSE
> live-fish shipments. How a large Koi breeder in Arkansas is allowed to ship
> his products is unknown to me, other than the fact he ships in great
> quantity. WHile the USPS has never hassled me about live fish shipments,
> how they will act in the future is always in question, especially with talks
> of an "shipping alignment".
> Just something to chew on.
> -Shane Essary
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