Proposed Postage Increases Delayed

For those using postage meters, the proposed increases will bring First Class letters to 48.5¢. Other postage rate changes include: increases for First Class postcards, Flat Rate Priority, Media Mail, and First Class Packages;  as well as lower rates for First Class flats. Below is a full listing of proposed rate changes as well as the press release from USPS. New rates will not take affect until 45 days after the Postal Regulatory Commision provides final acceptance.

Retail First-Class Letter (1 oz)Remains 49¢No change
Metered First-Class Letter (1 oz)From 48¢ to 48.5¢1.0%
First-Class PostcardFrom 34¢ to 35¢2.9%
First-Class PackagesVaries5.1%
Priority MailVariesNo changes

Mail Classes

First class letter stamp$0.49$0.49
First class letter metered$0.48$0.485
Additional ounces for first-class letters$0.21$0.22
First class postcard$0.34$0.35
Int’l. first class letter stamp$1.15$1.20
Int’l first-class postcard$1.15$1.20
Domestic Priority MailVariesNo changes
International Priority MailVariesAvg. 5.5% increase
First class flat (up to 1oz)$0.98$0.98
Additional ounces for first-class flats$0.21$0.22
First class packageVariesAvg. 5.1% increase

Extra Services

Tracking (except Std. Mail)Varies$0.00 (free with IMB and IMPB USPS Tracking)
Standard Mail Tracking$0.23$0.36
Electronic Certified Mail$1.30$1.35
Electronic Return Receipt$1.35$1.40
Retail Return Receipt$2.70$2.80
Electronic Signature Confirmation for packages$2.90$3.00
Retail Signature Confirmation for packages$2.35$2.45

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.  While proposed prices for First Class Mail, Special Services and Competitive Products have all been approved by the PRC, prices for the Standard Mail, Periodicals and Package Services classes have twice been remanded back to the Postal Service by the PRC for a wide array of technical and other concerns that are primarily related to the complexities of the price cap and the manner in which it is calculated. Rather than subject our customers to a piecemeal implementation of our new prices, the Postal Service has decided that the best course of action would be to wait until our complete price proposal is approved by our regulator. We have no desire to saddle our valued customers with the additional costs and burdens of a staggered implementation while we work with the PRC to obtain final approval of our remaining prices. We will set a new implementation date when we propose new prices for Standard Mail, Periodicals, and Package Services in response to the PRC’s March 18th remand order.