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Breaking News: Postal Regulatory Commission Approves Standard Mail Postage Rates

Kurt Ruppel

The Postal Regulatory Commission today approved the U.S. Postal Service’s most recent proposal for adjusted rates for Standard Mail, Periodicals and Package Services. These were the last pricing elements to be approved, so implementation of all new rates (including First-Class Mail, which was approved earlier this year) is expected to take place on Sunday May 31, as scheduled.

The average overall increase by class is 1.966%, which aligns with the CPI cap. The increase for Standard Mail letters will be about 1.8% for automation mail and 1.2% for walk-sequence carrier route. First-Class Mail Automation Letters and Cards increase about 2.4%. (Commercial First-Class got a higher bump because most single-piece rates didn’t change.) For more details about specific rate cells, download our Postage Rate Chart.

Software Vendors Challenged

The short turn between final approval and implementation is posing significant challenges for our friends in the postal software industry. While we are sure that they will do what is necessary to have updated software in the hands of mail preparers before the rates take effect, we encourage the Postal Service to expedite the supporting data and documentation needed by the software industry so it can quickly distribute final software to mail preparers. Due to this expedited implementation, we also encourage the Postal Service to consider a longer than usual transition period for adoption of new presort and palletization requirements.

Exigent Rates

We are still waiting for a ruling from the Court of Appeals on the exigent rates. If there is no ruling, or the ruling confirms that the exigent rates are temporary, the Postal Service will need to roll back the exigent portion of the rates sometime between July and September, so we could see a second price change later this summer. Stay tuned…

If you have any questions about navigating this price change, be sure to reach out to your IWCO Direct account team.

link https://www.iwco.com/blog/2015/05/07/standard-mail-postage-rates-approval/
Kurt Ruppel

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Kurt Ruppel

Director Postal Policy and Marketing Communications and graduate of Utah State University. Bringing the “all of us know more than any of us” business philosophy to IWCO Direct for more than 30 years (oy!). Three-time IWCO Direct President’s Award winner, Vice Chairman of the EMA Board of Directors, bicycling enthusiast, and Ohio State Buckeye Football fan.

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