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New Postal Prices Coming May 12, 2008

USPS raises prices for shipping and mailing services May 12, 2008

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Shipping Services

"On May 12 the USPS will adjust prices for our shipping services — Express Mail, Priority Mail, Parcel Select, Parcel Return Service, and International Mail. For the first time our pricing includes commercial volume and contract prices, rebates, online price reductions, and other new incentives."

Pricing Highlights

  • Express Mail is switching to a zone-based pricing system, resulting in customers paying less for nearby destinations. Customers will receive a 3 percent price reduction by purchasing Express Mail online or through corporate accounts. Additional price reductions are available for those who ship quarterly minimums.
  • Priority Mail will have an average 3.5 percent savings for customers who use electronic postage or meet other requirements.
  • Parcel Select — our “last mile” delivery to every door — will feature pricing and volume incentives for large- and medium-size shippers.
  • Parcel Return Service will move entirely to a weight based pricing system, resulting in significant price reductions for many lighter packages.

    Mailing Services

    First-Class Mail, Standard Mail, Periodicals, Package Services, and Special Services. The average increase by class of mail is at or below the rate of inflation as measured by the Consumer Price Index.

    A First-Class Mail stamp will be 42¢.

    Customers can continue to use the Forever Stamps that they purchased prior to May 12 at 41¢, even after the price change. They will have 5 billion Forever Stamps in stock to meet increased demand before the price change. Forever Stamps are widely available through Post Offices, Contract Postal Units, consignment locations, Automated Postage Centers, vending, and at The Postal Store®.

    They also will have a 62¢ stamp available shortly after May 12 for 1-ounce nonmachinable First-Class Mail letters, such as square greeting cards.

    Pricing highlights

    • No change in the First-Class Mail single-piece additional-ounce price.
    • Lower additional-ounce price for presorted First-Class Mail letters.
    • Lower pound price for Standard Mail saturation and high-density flats.
    • Shape-based pricing for First-Class Mail International letters, flats, and parcels.
    • First-Class Mail International price groups expand from five to nine groups.

    For more information, visit the US Postal Service Price Increase



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