With Start of Holiday Gift Giving Season, NJ Congressman Sounds Alarm on Post Office Pirates

Photo: Gottheimer at the Palisades Avenue Teaneck Post Office sounding the alarm on years of stolen checks and mail fraud.

TEANECK, NJ — Today, November 29, 2022, with the start of the holiday gift giving season, U.S. Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5) spoke outside the Teaneck post office on Palisades Avenue to demand action and answers from the United States Postal Service (USPS) after years of stolen checks and mail fraud that have cost North Jersey families millions of dollars and trust in their local post office. Continue reading

PRC Issues Advisory Opinion on USPS Proposal to Change Critical Entry Times for Certain Periodical Categories

Washington, DC – Today the Postal Regulatory Commission released its advisory opinion on a Postal Service plan to revise the critical entry times (CETs) for some categories of Periodicals mail. The CET is the latest time a mailpiece may be tendered to the Postal Service and still have the day count when measuring that mail’s service performance. (Docket No. N2022-2). Specifically, the Postal Service proposes to standardize four of the five Periodicals CETs (i.e., CETs for all non-palletized Periodicals mail). Instead of the current CET range of 0800-1400 for the affected categories of Periodicals mail, the Postal Service proposes that all of those categories would share a CET of 0800. The Postal Service asserts that this change would “promote simplification of mail processing operations, and hence more effective allocation and use of processing personnel and equipment.” Continue reading

U.S. Postal Service Announces New Competitive Prices for 2023

  • No price increase for Parcel Select Ground which, coupled with our recently improved service standard to 2-5 days from 2-8 days, offers a reliable and economical option for shippers
  • No price increase for USPS Connect Local, which gives businesses of all sizes the ability to reach local customers at affordable rates
  • Reduced pricing for some Retail Priority Mail Flat-Rate products below the temporary price currently in place
  • Priority Mail Commercial rate to increase by 3.6 percent, well below the rate of inflation

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Postal Service filed notice with the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) today of price changes for Shipping Services to take effect Jan. 22, 2023.

These proposed prices were approved by the Postal Service governors. Notably, there is no price increase for Parcel Select Ground, which continues to be a reliable and economical shipping option. The pricing for USPS Connect Local will remain unchanged. This service provides businesses with an affordable same-day and next-day delivery for their local customers.

In addition, some Priority Mail flat-rate retail product prices will be reduced compared with the temporary rate adjustment currently in place, and Priority Mail commercial rates will increase by only 3.6 percent, well below the rate of inflation.

Overall, Priority Mail service prices would increase approximately 5.5 percent, Priority Mail Express service prices would increase by 6.6 percent, and First-Class Package Service prices would increase by 7.8 percent. The PRC will review the prices before they are scheduled to take effect.

Shipping Services price adjustments vary by product. Although Mailing Services price increases are based on the consumer price index, Shipping Services prices are primarily adjusted according to market conditions. The Postal Service governors evaluate shipping rates and fees and adjust them when needed as part of Postal Service’s 10-year Delivering For America plan which is designed to reverse a projected $160 billion in operating losses over the next 10 years.

The Postal Service has some of the lowest letter mail postage rates in the industrialized world and also continues to offer a great value in shipping. Unlike some other shippers, the Postal Service has upfront pricing and does not add surcharges for residential delivery or regular Saturday delivery.

The proposed domestic Priority Mail Flat Rate retail price changes are:

U.S. Postal Service Announces New Competitive Prices for 2023
Product Current Planned Change
Small flat-rate box $10.40 $10.20
Medium flat-rate box $17.05 $17.10
Large flat-rate box $22.45 $22.80
APO/FPO large flat-rate box $20.95 $21.20
Regular flat-rate envelope $ 9.90 $ 9.65
Legal flat-rate envelope $10.20 $ 9.95
Padded flat-rate envelope $10.60 $10.40

The complete Postal Service price filings with prices for all products can be found on the PRC website under the Daily Listings section at prc.gov/dockets/daily. For the Shipping Services filing, see Docket No. CP2023-42. The Postal Service provides additional resources to assist customers regarding the price changes. These tools include price lists, downloadable price files and Federal Register Notices. This information will be available on the Postal Service’s Postal Explorer website at pe.usps.com/PriceChange/Index on Wednesday November 16, 2022.

Source: U.S. Postal Service Announces New Competitive Prices for 2023 – Newsroom – About.usps.com