History is made: USPS Reduced Rates

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In an historic turn of events, the USPS reduced mail rates an average of 4.3% on April 10, 2016. This rate reduction impacts only “market dominant” mail (mostly letters, large envelopes/flats, and postcards). It will not affect “competitive” shipping products like Priority Mail® and parcels/packages.

During the recession in 2008, the Postal Service was hit hard by the drop of economic activity. It proposed –and was granted by the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) – a 4.3 percent temporary exigent surcharge in January 2014 to recoup lost revenue. This temporary, emergency price increase was to be eliminated once the USPS recouped the estimated revenue loss. As of April 10, 2016, the exigent surcharge was removed and rates are as stated below:

Piece Was Now
First class letter 1 oz or less $0.49 $0.47
First class postcard $0.35 $0.34
Any additional oz. on first class $0.22 $0.21
Presort first class letter 1-2 oz $0.391 -$0.471 $0.376 – $0.452
Presort first class flat @ 1 oz or less $0.47 – $0.831 $0.438 – $0.75
Presort standard letter 3.3 oz or less $0.266 – $0.304 0.255 -$0.291
Presort standard flat 3.3 oz or less $0.392 – $0.569 $0.376 – $0.539
Nonprofit letter 3.3 oz or less $0.142 – $0.185 $0.140 – $0.176
Nonprofit flat 3.3 oz or less $0.249 -$0.426 $0.237 – $0.40
EDDM (DDU entry price) $0.16 $0.15
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About Mallory MacDermott

Marketing Manager at Printing Partners, Inc. Indianapolis, Indiana.
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One Response to History is made: USPS Reduced Rates

  1. Very informative. Thanks Mallory.

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