January 2013 Postal Prices for Mailers
As we told you in an earlier eTip, the United States Postal
Service® (USPS®) proposed
to the Postal
Regulatory Commission (PRC) an average increase in mailing services
of 2.5 percent. The First-Class Mail™ stamp will increase from the current
45 cents to 46 cents, with an overall increase of about 4 percent. The implementation
date for the new prices
will be January 27, 2013
. The PRC has essentially approved
the USPS proposals for all classes of mail
EXCEPT Standard Mail
Flats. The PRC remanded
those rates back to the USPS, citing that the proposed rates did not provide adequate
cost coverage for this mail
. As a result, the USPS has submitted new proposed rates
for Standard Mail
Flats. The new increase for this mail
is an average of 2.617 percent,
which is higher than the average increase for the rest of Standard Mail
and higher than the CPI-U price cap of 2.570 percent.
No changes in the proposed First-Class rates that we originally told you about in
an earlier eTip. First-Class
retail stamp increases by one penny, with remaining
products increasing around 2.5 percent. The exceptions are Parcels, which increase
by almost 5 percent and International, which increases by almost 8 percent.
Product Price Changes
now increases overall by 2.569 percent, with higher percentage increases
for Parcels and Carrier Route mail. Non-profit Standard Mail
rate discounts remain
consistent with current discounts off of the regular rates.
Product Price Changes
will see an overall increase of 2.56 percent. Non-profit and Classroom
Periodicals will continue to receive a 5 percent discount from regular rate postage,
with the exception of the advertising pounds. Science of Agriculture rates likewise
see consistent discounts from regular rates as in the current rates.
Package Services Mail
price increases are proposed at an overall 2.569 increase, with
Parcels and Media and Library Mail seeing increases around 3.4 percent.
Services Price Changes
Express Mail will increase overall by 5.8 percent, with the existing structure of
zoned Retail, Commercial Base and Commercial Plus price categories maintained. Retail
will increase an average of 6.5 percent, with Commercial Base
by 2 percent and Commercial Plus increasing by 1 percent. Express Mail International
will see an overall 13.2 percent increase.
Priority Mail increases overall
by 6.3 percent, with the existing structure of Retail, Commercial Base and Commercial
Plus price categories maintained. Retail prices
increase an average of 9 percent,
while the Commercial Base prices
increase an average of 3.7 percent and Commercial
by 3.8 percent. Priority Mail International will increase overall by
Parcel Select prices
increase on average by 9 percent, with
destination entered parcels at 8 percent for DDU entry, 4.9 percent for SCF entry,
and 4.8 percent for NDC entry. Non-destination entered parcels see an average increase
of 5.7 percent. Lightweight Parcel Select sees an increase of 9.8 percent; these
were formerly known as Standard Mail commercial parcels. The Regional Ground category
will be eliminated due to insufficient volume.
Parcel Return Service prices
will increase overall by 4.8 percent.
First-Class Package Service prices
will increase overall by 3 percent.
Parcel Post will be renamed Standard
Post, and will increase an average of 21 percent.
Global Express Guaranteed
will see price increases of 9.6 percent, while Priority Airmail increases by 1.9
percent and International Surface Airlift increases by 4.4 percent. Airmail M-bags
increase by 7.3 percent, while First-Class Package International Service increases
by a whopping 58.6 percent.
You can check out the new price charts and draft postage statements on
or review the filing document on
the Postal Regulatory Commission
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