USPS Requests Parcel Rates Increases for 2017

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Postal Service today filed notice with the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) of price changes for Shipping Services products to take effect next year, following the end of the holiday mailing season. The filing does not include any price increase for First-Class Package International Service, Priority Mail Express International and Priority Mail International.

The USPS continues to provide excellent value and reliability for the shipping industry, along with convenient choices for consumers. The average shipping services price change is 3.9%, which results in an average shipping price of less than $5 per shipment across all shipping products.

The new prices, if approved, represent a modest price increase in Priority Mail by 3.9% and an average of 3.3% in Priority Mail Retail prices. This compares to general rate increases (GRI) of 4.9% for both UPS and FedEx, taking effect Dec. 26 and Jan. 2, respectively.

The Priority Mail Flat Rate Box and Priority Mail Flat Rate Envelope prices for these products are:

Current

New

Small flat-rate box

$6.80

$7.15

Medium flat-rate box

$13.45

$13.60

Large flat-rate box

$18.75

$18.85

Large APO/FPO flat-rate box

$16.75

$17.35

Regular flat-rate envelope

$6.45

$6.65

Legal flat-rate envelope

$6.45

$6.95

Padded flat-rate envelope

$6.80

$7.20

The PRC will review the prices before they are scheduled to take effect Jan. 22, 2017. The complete Postal Service price filing with the new prices for all Shipping Services products can be found on the PRC site under the Daily Listings section: http://www.prc.gov/dockets/daily.

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

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