September 11, 2020

 

The Postal Regulatory Commission Approves USPS’

Temporary Price Increase for Commercial Parcels

 

 

The Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) has approved the temporary price increases for commercial domestic parcel products that USPS proposed last month. Retail prices for parcel products are unaffected.

 

The planned commercial price increases for Priority Mail Express, Priority Mail, First-Class Package Service (FCPS) and Commercial Parcel Select will take effect Oct. 18, 2020 at 12 a.m. Central time and continue until Dec. 27, 2020 at 12 a.m. Central time. After that, prices will revert to 2020 prices.

Here are the current prices and temporary price increases:

• Parcel Select Destination Entry DDU: starts at $3.19 (current), 24 cents (temporary increase)
• Parcel Return Service: starts at $3.05 (current), 24 cents (temporary increase)
• Parcel Select Lightweight: starts at $1.81 (current), 24 cents (temporary increase)
• FCPS Commercial: starts at $2.74 (current), 25 cents (temporary increase)
• Priority Mail Commercial: starts at $7.02 (current), 40 cents (temporary increase)
• Parcel Select Ground: starts at $6.92 (current), 40 cents (temporary increase)
• Parcel Select DSCF: starts at $4.37 (current), 40 cents (temporary increase)
• Parcel Select DNDC: starts at $5.98 (current), 40 cents (temporary increase)
• Priority Mail Express Commercial: starts at $22.75 (current), $1.50 (temporary increase)

 

The temporary price adjustments are in response to heightened package volume due to the coronavirus pandemicas well as expected increases in online shopping during the holidays.

 

The Postal Service’s Postal Explorer website has the price change tables.

 

The full order can be found at: https://www.prc.gov/docs/114/114473/Order5673.pdf.

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Proper Packaging Prevents Problems

Holiday Shipping Deadlines

Cutoff Dates for December 25

If you're shipping holiday cards and gifts for Hanukkah (Dec. 10–18), Christmas (Dec. 25), Kwanzaa (Dec. 26–Jan. 1) or other holiday traditions, find the USPS® recommended domestic, international, and military deadlines in these tables.

Young woman preparing holiday gifts and Priority Mail boxes to ship for December 25 delivery.

2020 Holiday Shipping Dates for Contiguous U.S. (Lower 48 States)

Recommended send-by dates for expected delivery before December 251

Domestic Mail Class/Product Date (excluding Alaska & Hawaii)
USPS Retail Ground® Service

Dec. 15

First-Class Mail® Service

Dec. 18

Priority Mail® Service

Dec. 19

Priority Mail Express® Service2

Dec. 23

2020 Holiday Shipping Dates for Alaska & Hawaii

Recommended send-by dates for expected delivery before December 251

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Destination First-Class Mail® Service Priority Mail® Service Priority Mail Express® Service
Alaska
Hawaii

1Actual delivery date may vary depending on origin, destination, Post Office acceptance date and time and other conditions, including customs delays.
2For Priority Mail Express shipments mailed December 22 through December 25, the money-back guarantee applies only if the shipment was not delivered or delivery was not attempted with 2 business days. See DMM® Section 604.9.2.

3GXG® Notes: Not a guarantee, unless otherwise noted. Dates are for estimated delivery before December 25. Actual delivery date may vary depending on origin, destination, Post Office acceptance date and time and other conditions, including customs delays. Some restrictions apply.

4 SAM parcels are paid at USPS Retail Ground prices with maximum weight and size limits of 15 lbs and 60" in length and girth combined. SAM parcels are first transported domestically by surface and then to overseas destinations by air on a space-available basis.
5 PAL is a service that provides air transportation for parcels on a space-available basis. PAL is available for USPS Retail Ground® items not exceeding 30 pounds in weight or 60 inches in length and girth combined. The applicable PAL fee must be paid in addition to the regular surface price for each addressed piece sent by PAL service.
6 PMEMS is available to selected military/diplomatic Post Offices. Check with your local Post Office to determine if this service is available to an APO/FPO/DPO address.

November 16, 2020

DMM Advisory

Keeping you informed about classification and mailing standards of the United States Postal Service

 

U.S. Postal Service Announces New Domestic Competitive Prices for 2021

 

 

The United States Postal Service filed notice with the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) today of price changes to take effect Jan. 24, 2021.

 

The proposed prices, approved by the Postal Service Governors, would raise Shipping Services product prices approximately 3.5 percent for Priority Mail service, and 1.2 percent for Priority Mail Express service. Shipping Services price increases vary by product. Although Mailing Services price increases are based on the consumer price index, Shipping Services prices are primarily adjusted according to market conditions. The Governors believe these new rates will keep the Postal Service competitive while providing the agency with needed revenue.

 

If favorably reviewed by the PRC, the new prices will include an increase in the price of a Small Flat-Rate Box to $8.45. The Medium Flat-Rate Box would increase to $15.50, the Large Flat-Rate Box would increase to $21.90 and the price of the APO/FPO Large Flat-Rate Box would increase to $20.40. Regular Flat-Rate Envelopes, Legal Flat-Rate Envelopes, and Padded Flat-Rate Envelopes would increase to $7.95, $8.25, and $8.55 respectively.

 

The proposed domestic Priority Mail Flat Rate Retail price changes are:

 

Product

 

Current

 

Planned Increase

Small Flat-Rate Box

$8.30

$8.45

Medium Flat-Rate Box

$15.05

$15.50

Large Flat-Rate Box

$21.10

$21.90

APO/FPO Large Flat-Rate Box

$19.60

$20.40

Regular Flat-Rate Envelope

$7.75

$7.95

Legal Flat-Rate Envelope

$8.05

$8.25

Padded Flat-Rate Envelope

$8.40

$8.55

 

 

 

 

 

The Postal Service has some of the lowest letter-mail postage rates in the industrialized world and continues to offer a great value in shipping. Unlike some other shippers, the Postal Service does not add surcharges for fuel, residential delivery or regular Saturday delivery.

 

The PRC will review the prices before they are scheduled to take effect. The complete Postal Service price filings with prices for all products can be found on the PRC site under the Daily Listings section at prc.gov/dockets/daily. For the Shipping Services filing, see Docket No. CP2021-28. The price change tables are also available on the Postal Service’s Postal Explorer website at pe.usps.com/PriceChange/Index.

 

The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.

 

The Domestic Mail Manual (DMM®) and DMM Advisories are available on Postal Explorer® (pe.usps.com)

 

Click the links below for up to date information

 USPS® Coronavirus Updates for Residential Customers 
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 USPS® Coronavirus Updates for Business Customers

A ‘strong and steady’ leader

DeJoy honors Brennan with award
June 15 at 8:01 a.m.
 

In his first act as Postmaster General, Louis DeJoy paid tribute to his predecessor.

DeJoy announced June 15 that he will honor Megan J. Brennan with the Benjamin Franklin Award, the Postal Service’s highest award.

COVID-19 CONTINUITY OF OPERATIONS UPDATE

 

Postmaster General Letter to Customers

 

Attached is a letter from the Postmaster General to mailing and shipping industry customers.

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Change of address services (COA)

 COA requests made at Post Offices are available at no cost.

USPS wants customers to know they may be paying too much for change of address (COA) services at non-postal websites. USPS has no relationships with non-postal sites that offer change of address. Some sites charge as much as $40 to register new addresses. Others charge nominal fees upfront before tacking on hefty charges later.

 

Consumers often find the sites while searching for change of address information online. Some sites falsely claim to be affiliated with the Postal Service. USPS charges $1.05 identity verification fee to process COA requests submitted online.

 

Customers who used a non-postal site to submit a change of address request and request a refund should be referred to the business that operates the site

USPS IS MOBILE

Since the launch of the Postal Service mobile application (app), more than 4.6 million people have downloaded the app in its iPhone, Android and BlackBerry configurations. No matter the device, customers can use the app to track packages, find Post Office locations, calculate shipping prices, look up ZIP Codes, schedule pickups, order supplies or request hold mail services.

 

The iPhone application, released in December 2009, has been downloaded by 3.6 million customers and is ranked the 11th most popular free business application in the Apple App Store. The Android application, released in March 2011, has been downloaded about 900,000 times.

 

Each platform application has recorded millions of visits. Customers using the iPhone version are visiting USPS online more than 1 million times each week. Go to https://www.usps.com/mobile/info.htm   to get started.


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