Proposed USPS Increased Prices and Services for 2013
As promised in an earlier
email, we now have more detail regarding the pricing and services
States Postal Service® (USPS
®) proposed to the Postal Regulatory Commission
(PRC). The First-Class Mail
™ stamp will increase from the current 45 cents to 46
cents, with an overall increase of about 4 percent. Mailing services
will see increases of around 2.5 percent. The implementation date will be
January 27, 2013
The chart below shows the proposed
increases for the various classes of mail
in the Mailing Services
also introduces a number of promotions (Mobile Coupon/Click To Call,
Emerging Technologies, Mobile Buy-it Now, Picture Permit, Earned Value Reply
), plus a new High Density Plus tier in Standard Mail
, and new pricing and
preparation standards for Standard Mail
parcels, called "Simple Samples."
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.
overall by 2.57 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.
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
Package Services Mail
increases are proposed at an overall 2.569 increase, with Parcels and Media and
seeing increases around 3.4 percent.
will increase overall by 5.8 percent, with the
existing structure of zoned Retail, Commercial Base and Commercial Plus price
categories maintained. Retail prices will increase an average of 6.5 percent,
with Commercial Base prices increasing by 2 percent and Commercial Plus
increasing by 1 percent. Express Mail
International (EMI) will see an overall
13.2 percent increase.
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 Plus
prices by 3.8 percent. Priority Mail
International (PMI) will increase overall
by 15.1 percent.
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.
Service prices will increase overall by 3 percent.
Parcel Post will be renamed Standard Post, and will increase an average of 21
Global Express Guaranteed (GXG) will see price increases of 9.6
percent, while Priority Airmail increases by 1.9 percent and International
Surface Airlift (ISAL) increases by 4.4 percent. Airmail M-bags increase by 7.3
percent, while First-Class Package
International Service increases by a whopping
We will be issuing future e-Tips
containing more details about the new pricing and product proposals. You can
also check out the new price charts on Postal
or review the filing document on the
Postal Regulatory Commission
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