USPS Proposes Reduced Rates for Priority Mail
The U.S. Postal Service has filed notice with the Postal Regulatory Commission that it intends to reduce rates on Priority Mail for those using Commercial Plus and Commercial Base shipping services.
Commercial Base Pricing does not have any volume requirements and these reduced rates are available for customers who use Click-N-Ship, PC Postage products, permit imprints, or digital mailing systems (meters) that generate an IBI (Information Based Indicia) and submit data electronically to the USPS.
Eligibility for Commercial Plus Pricing is based primarily on shipping volume. For Priority Mail, 50,000 pieces are required within the prior year. In lieu of past volume, customers can instead complete a customer commitment agreement.
Pricing at Post Offices and other retail outlets will have a modest increase of 1.7 percent on average, while the Commercial Base prices will decrease 2.3% and Commercial Plus will decrease 0.9%.
The Postal Service will continue to offer Priority Mail customers free insurance, expected delivery day, flat-rate packaging options and Regional Rate Boxes. Priority Mail is one of the Postal Service’s most popular shipping products. Last year, 871 million pieces were shipped through Priority Mail.
“With the Postal Service, there are no shipping surcharges. We deliver on Saturdays for no extra charge, we pick up packages for free, and we deliver shipping boxes and envelopes, also for free. Just a few more ways we help businesses get the most out of their shipping,”stated Nagisa Manabe, chief marketing/sales officer.
Highlights of the new proposed retail pricing for Priority Mail products include:
- Small box – $5.95
- Medium box – $12.65
- Large box – $17.90
- Large APO/FPO box – $15.90
- Regular envelope – $5.75
- Legal envelope – $5.90
- Padded envelope – $6.10
The PRC will review the prices before they become effective September 7, 2014.