(Reuters) – President Donald Trump known as on the U.S. Postal Service on Friday to cost “rather more” to ship packages for Amazon, choosing one other battle with an internet retail large he has criticized up to now.

“Why is the United States Post Office, which is dropping many billions of a yr, whereas charging Amazon and others so little to ship their packages, making Amazon richer and the Post Office dumber and poorer? Should be charging MUCH MORE!” Trump wrote on Twitter.

The president’s tweet drew recent consideration to the delicate funds of the Postal Service at a time when tens of hundreds of thousands of parcels have simply been shipped everywhere in the nation for the vacation season.

The U.S. Postal Service, which runs at a giant loss, is an unbiased company inside the federal authorities and doesn’t obtain tax for working bills, in accordance with its web site.

Package supply has turn into an more and more essential a part of its enterprise because the Internet has led to a pointy decline within the quantity of first-class letters.

The president doesn’t decide postal charges. They are set by the Postal Regulatory Commission, an unbiased authorities company with commissioners chosen by the president from each political events. That panel raised costs on packages by nearly 2 p.c in November.

Amazon was based by Jeff Bezos, who stays the chief govt officer of the retail firm and is the richest particular person on the earth, in accordance with Bloomberg News. Bezos additionally owns The Washington Post, a newspaper Trump has repeatedly railed towards in his criticisms of the information media.

In tweets over the previous yr, Trump has mentioned the “Amazon Washington Post” fabricated tales. He has mentioned Amazon doesn’t pay gross sales tax, which isn’t true, and so hurts different retailers, a part of a sample by the previous businessman and actuality tv host of periodically turning his ire on massive American corporations since he took workplace in January.

Daniel Ives, a analysis analyst at GBH Insights, mentioned Trump’s remark could possibly be taken as a warning to the retail large. However, he mentioned he was not involved for Amazon.

“We don’t see any worth hikes sooner or later. However, that may be a threat that Amazon is clearly conscious of and (it) is constructing out its distribution (system) aggressively,” he mentioned.

Amazon has proven curiosity up to now in shifting into its personal supply service, together with testing drones for deliveries. In 2015, the corporate spent $11.5 billion on delivery, 46 p.c of its complete working bills that yr.

Amazon shares have been down 0.86 p.c to $1,175.90 by early afternoon. Overall, U.S. inventory costs have been down barely on Friday.

Millions of Parcels

Satish Jindel, president of ShipMatrix Inc, which analyzes delivery information, disputed the concept that the Postal Service expenses lower than United Parcel Service Inc (UPS.N) and FedEx Corp (FDX.N), the opposite greatest gamers within the parcel supply enterprise within the United States.

Many clients get decrease charges from UPS and FedEx than they might get from the publish workplace for comparable providers, he mentioned.

The Postal Service delivers about 62 p.c of Amazon packages, for about 3.5 to 4 million a day throughout the present peak year-end vacation delivery season, Jindel mentioned. The Seattle-based firm and the publish workplace have an settlement wherein mail carriers take Amazon packages on the final leg of their journeys, from publish workplaces to clients’ doorsteps.

Amazon’s No. 2 service is UPS, at 21 p.c, and FedEx is third, with 8 p.c or so, in accordance with Jindel.

Trump’s remark tapped right into a debate over whether or not Postal Service pricing has stored tempo with the rise of e-commerce, which has flooded the mail with small packages.Private corporations like UPS have lengthy claimed the present system unfairly undercuts their enterprise.

Steve Gaut, a spokesman for UPS, famous that the corporate values its “productive relationship” with the postal service, however that it has filed with the Postal Regulatory Commission its issues in regards to the postal service’s strategies for protecting prices.

Representatives for Amazon, the White House, the U.S. Postal Service and FedEx declined remark or weren’t instantly out there for touch upon Trump’s tweet.

According to its annual report, the Postal Service misplaced $2.74 billion this yr, and its deficit has ballooned to $61.86 billion.

While the Postal Service’s income for first-class mail, advertising mail and periodicals is flat or declining, income from bundle supply is up 44 p.c since 2014 to $19.5 billion within the fiscal yr ended Sept. 30, 2017.

But it additionally misplaced about $2 billion in income when a short lived surcharge expired in April 2016.

According to a Government Accountability Office report in February, the service is dealing with rising personnel bills, significantly $73.4 billion in unfunded pension and advantages liabilities. The Postal Service has not introduced any plans to chop prices.

By legislation, the Postal Service has to set costs for bundle supply to cowl the prices attributable to that service. But the postal service allocates solely 5.5 p.c of its complete prices to its enterprise of delivery packages regardless that that line of enterprise is 28 p.c of its complete income.

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