USPS To Raise Parcel Postal Rates

According to the September 7, 2020 issue of Linn's, the United States Postal Service has announced that it intends, if approved by the Postal Rate Commission, to impose a temporary price increase in parcel rates. The increases would be in effect from October 14 to December 27, 2020, and include:

Priority Mail Express +0.07%
Priority Mail +1.7%
Parcel Select +5.9%
Parcel Return +3.3%
First Class Package +5.6%

The article does not say if this is only for domestic rates, or if international rates will be included in the increases.


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  • So that means for first class pkg we would need to increase rates by 6.3% to offset the increased USPS costs plus the HipStamp and PayPal costs, right?
  • ...just in time for Christmas. Happy Christmas to all from the USPS...
  • Makes ya wanna wallpaper your packages on all sides with your low value discount postage hanging around occupying space; a nice Christmas wrap for a dutiful clerk to hand cancel everyone of them.
  • USPS is just the last one to jump on the band wagon! Fed EX and UPS have already announced increases for the same period through the end of the year.

    U.S. Postal Service Announces Temporary Price Increase
    Increase for Commercial Parcels; Retail Customers Unaffected

    WASHINGTON – The United States Postal Service filed notice with the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) today of a temporary price change to take effect Oct. 18, 2020.

    The planned temporary price adjustments are in response to increased expenses and heightened demand for online shopping package volume due to the coronavirus pandemic and expected holiday ecommerce. As a result of these changing market conditions, the Postal Service is planning a time-limited price increase on all commercial domestic competitive package volume from Oct. 18 until Dec. 27, 2020. Retail prices and international products will be unaffected.

    The planned price increase would go into effect at 12:00AM Central on Oct.18, 2020 and remain in place until 12:00AM Central Dec. 27, 2020.

    The planned prices, approved by the Governors of the Postal Service on August 6, would raise prices on its commercial domestic competitive parcels – Priority Mail Express, Priority Mail, First-Class Package Service, Parcel Select, and Parcel Return Service.

    The price increase is NOT on retail services,but it will affect those using a shipping service as those are commercial based prices.
  • Similar in the UK also. 1st. September 2020 Royal Mail increased prices again. That's 3 RM price increases this year (2020). They said the last increase in July would be "temporary"........Ha, Ha, Ha!!!
  • The July increase was temporary. It lasted until the September increase!
  • Quite Right!!!
  • Ron,

    The clerk will likely grab a broad-tipped Sharpie, and swipe a line across them all. I've come upon many, many stamps in kiloware"canceled" that way.
  • I've recently received priority mail boxes plastered with stamps on the backside and all were uncancelled!
  • Time for steam from the kettle or lighter fluid!
  • Boy Tania, if one hasn't followed the context of this forum, one might think you're proposing people either calm down with some tea or march purposefully to their post offices ready to "peacefully" protest. Fortunately I'm persuaded readers here do work their way through the discussion ....if only hoping to be entertained by the comments or to occasionally provoke the beast. Guilty on both counts.
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