Proposed Price Change for Shipping Services Products:
Today the United States Postal Service filed notice with the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) of proposed price changes for its Shipping Services products to take effect next year, following the conclusion of the holiday season. The filing does not include any price increase for First-Class Mail or any other Postal Service Mailing product such as the Forever stamp.
The Postal Service continues to provide excellent value and reliability for the shipping industry along with convenient choices for consumers. The average Shipping Services price change is 9.5 percent which results in an average shipping price of less than $5.50 per shipment across all shipping products.
The new prices, if approved, represent the first price increase in more than three years for commercial Priority Mail. The average price increase for Priority Mail is 9.8 percent; when calculated over the three-year period since the last increase, the overall Priority Mail price change averages less than 3.3 percent per year.
The PRC will review the prices before they are scheduled to become effective on Jan. 17, 2016. The complete Postal Service price filing with the new prices for all Shipping Services products can be found on the PRC website under the Daily Listings section: http://www.prc.gov/dockets/daily.
Based on the PRC decision, four postage statements may be affected. Drafts of those statements can be found on Postal Explorer at: http://pe.usps.gov/. Additional information has been developed to assist with the possible changes.
January 2016 Release Overview – This document provides an overview of product and service changes in support of the January 2016 price change.
Changes for eVS January 2016 Release – provides an overview of USPS® product and service changes currently planned for implementation in support of the Competitive Price change, scheduled for January 17, 2016. These changes impact the PostalOne! system and includes a description of changes to Shipping Service File rate ingredient for eVS.
Mail Entry Roadmap
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eDoc and Full-Service Authorization
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