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Postal service to raise holiday mailing rates

Postal service to raise holiday mailing rates

It will cost more to send packages this holiday season in what the United States Postal Service (USPS) calls a “temporary price adjustment.”

While official nonprofit rates will remain the same, package shipping for items from website sales and large donor bonuses will be subject to higher rates.

Planned peak season pricing, which was approved by Postal Service governors Aug. 9, would affect competitive domestic commercial and retail package prices, including Priority Mail Express (PME), Priority Mail (PM), First -Class Package Service (FCPS), Parcel Select and USPS Retail Ground. International products would not be affected.

If approved by the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC), the temporary rates would come into effect on October 2 and remain in place until January 22, 2023. The PRC has set August 25 as the deadline for public comments. on the temporary. rate adjustment.

According to data from the Alliance of Nonprofit Mailers in Washington, D.C., the USPS reported profit in the third quarter ending June 30, but noted that it resulted from a “one-time non-monetary benefit of 59.6 billion” received from the Postal Service Reform Act of 2022. With that benefit, USPS posted a profit of $59.7 billion in the third quarter and a profit of $57.5 billion for the first nine months of the fiscal year, which ends September 30.

“Anyone sending USPS packages (Priority Mail, Priority Mail Express, First-Class Package Service, Parcel Select Ground, and USPS Retail Ground) between October 2 and January 22 will be charged more than the normal price,” explained Stephen Kearney, executive director of the Alliance of Nonprofit Mailers. “I would expect quick approval from the regulator as their main concern is whether the pricing of the products covers their costs. Tariff surcharges would increase cost coverage.

Kearney explained that orders for products from non-profit websites or catalogs should be shipped, “as well as products shipped at events and gifts to major donors. Other things that are small and of low value , such as calendars and t-shirts, can be mailed via nonprofit marketing mail,” Kearney said.

Planned price changes include:

Priority Mail and Priority Mail Express:

Commercial:

  • $0.75 increase for PM and SME flat rate boxes and envelopes.
  • $0.25 increase for zones 1-4, 0-10 lbs.
  • $0.80 increase for zones 5-9, 0-10 lbs.
  • $0.75 increase for zones 1-4, 11-25 lbs.
  • $2.80 increase for zones 5-9, 11-25 lbs.
  • $3.00 increase for zones 1-4, 26-70 lbs.
  • $6.50 increase for zones 5-9, 26-70 lbs.

Detail:

  • $0.95 increase for PM and SME flat rate boxes and envelopes.
  • $0.30 increase for zones 1-4, 0-10 lbs.
  • $1.00 increase for zones 5-9, 0-10 lbs.
  • $0.95 increase for zones 1-4, 11-25 lbs.
  • $3.20 increase for zones 5-9, 11-25 lbs.
  • $3.25 increase for zones 1-4, 26-70 lbs.
  • $6.45 increase for zones 5-9, 26-70 lbs.

First Class Parcel Service, Parcel Select Ground and USPS Retail Ground:

Commercial:

  • $0.25 increase for zones 1-4, 0-10 lbs.
  • $0.40 increase for zones 5-9, 0-10 lbs.
  • $0.75 increase for zones 1-4, 11-25 lbs.
  • $1.60 increase for zones 5-9, 11-25 lbs.
  • $3.00 increase for zones 1-4, 26-70 lbs.
  • $5.50 increase for zones 5-9, 26-70 lbs.

Detail:

  • $0.30 increase for zones 1-4, 0-10 lbs.
  • $0.60 increase for zones 5-9, 0-10 lbs.
  • $0.95 increase for zones 1-4, 11-25 lbs.
  • $2.70 increase for zones 5-9, 11-25 lbs.
  • $3.25 increase for zones 1-4, 26-70 lbs.
  • $5.85 increase for zones 5-9, 26-70 lbs.

A list of commercial and retail prices can be found on the Postal Service’s Postal Explorer website at https://pe.usps.com/text/dmm300/Notice123.htm