by Kerry Still on November 13, 2017

Postage Rate Changes Slated for January 21

November 13 Update
The Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) announced on November 10, 2017, that it has approved the rate changes as submitted by the United States Postal Service (USPS).

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What's happening?
On October 6th, the United States Postal Service (USPS) filed notice with the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) of postage rate changes slated to take effect Jan. 21, 2018.

In the notice, USPS is requesting an average postage rate increase of approximately 1.9% across all classes and categories of mail. Note that this increase is an average, however. If the proposal is approved as is, some classes and types of mail would experience a rate decrease, while others would see rate increases above 4%.

What are the proposed rate changes?
If the rate change plan is accepted as is, rates would be modified as follows:

Class Category Rate Change
Periodicals Flats 1.93%
Nonprofit Periodicals Flats 1.40%
USPS Marketing Mail Flats 1.55%
USPS Marketing Mail Letters - 0.35%
Nonprofit USPS Marketing Mail Flats - 5.00%
Nonprofit USPS Marketing Mail Letters 0.58%
Bound Printed Matter Presorted Flats - 1.72%
Bound Printed Matter Presorted Parcels - 3.04%
Bound Printed Matter Single-Piece Flats 1.40%
Bound Printed Matter Single-Piece Parcels 1.45%

 

What's next?
Keys to a Successful Print ProjectNow that USPS has filed notice, the next step is for the PRC to review the details and either accept it as is or send it back to USPS for adjustments. In fact, because of the authority given to them in the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act (PAEA), the PRC could impose a drastically different plan following their review of the USPS rate change notice.

Walsworth will continue to monitor this situation closely as the PRC prepares their response to the USPS request. Postage rate updates will be sent out as new information becomes available.

Questions?
Please contact us if you have questions regarding how this rate change might affect your organization.

Topics: Blog Postage, Mailing and Distribution
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Kerry Still

Kerry Still

Kerry is Walsworth's Mail Service Manager and has more than 20 years of domestic and international mailing experience. Kerry is a Michigan State University alumn and a graduate of the USPS Periodicals Professional course. In addition to speaking at the National Postal Forum, Mailcom, and other events around the country, he has written articles for several industry publications. He has also served on the MTAC Periodicals Product Redesign and the FSS Addressing Workgroups.

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