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New Postage Rates Effective April 10

The exigent surcharge for mailing products and services, including the Forever stamps, will be removed effective Sunday, April 10, 2016. The new prices can be found at www.pe.usps.com.



Postal Service Delays April 2015 Price Change

The Postal Service Governors decided today to delay the implementation of new market-dominant and competitive rates and classification changes until all of our proposed market-dominant changes are approved by the Postal Regulatory Commission (“PRC”).  This decision was primarily motivated by a desire to eliminate potential adverse impacts on postal customers that might result from a staggered implementation of our new prices.  After considering the complexity of the required programming changes in view of the remand of some of our proposed changes by the Postal Regulatory Committee, the specific complications that our customers might face; the potential cost to the supply chain as a whole of a staggered implementation, the Postal Service has decided to delay implementation until all of our proposed rates and classification changes can be implemented at one time.   

Read more: Postal Service Delays April 2015 Price Change

New Mailing Standards for Lithium Batteries

From USPS Industry Outreach - February 20, 2015

As part of the Postal Service’s continued efforts to keep you informed, this is a reminder that effective March 2, 2015 the Postal Service is revising its mailing standards regarding lithium batteries to align with new regulations recently implemented by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), Department of Transportation (DOT).

This alignment is the final step in a series of amendments to harmonize domestic and international standards by mirroring DOTs Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) with the provisions of the United Nations (UN) Model Regulations, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) Code.

Read more: New Mailing Standards for Lithium Batteries

Domestic Mailing — Price Changes Filed with the PRC

From DMM Advisory dated January 28, 2015

On January 26, 2015, the Postal Service filed with the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) a Competitive Products price change titled “CP2015-33 Notice of the United States Postal Service of Changes in Rates of General Applicability for Competitive Products Established in Governors’ Decision No. 14-5.” It can be found on the PRC website at http://www.prc.gov/docs/91/91231/Notice%20CP2015-33.pdf and the redacted pricing files can be found at http://www.prc.gov/docs/91/91231/Price%20Calc%20Files.Redacted.zip.

Read more: Domestic Mailing — Price Changes Filed with the PRC

U.S. Postal Service to Maintain Current Product and Service Prices

Oct. 1, 2014--The Governors of the U.S. Postal Service have decided not to seek a price change for mail and shipping products and services in January in part because of the uncertainty regarding the exigent price increase.  This means that the current pricing of postal products and services will remain in effect through the holiday season and early part of 2015.  The Board will continue to evaluate pricing strategies and will communicate about any potential price change filings in early 2015.  As always, the Postal Service will provide customers advance notice of any price changes                                              

-From a USPS Industry Alert                            


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