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Postal prices to increase in April

Jan 19, 2011 12:00 AM


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The United States Postal Service has announced postage increases effective April 17, 2011. The Postal Service filed new mailing service prices with the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC), and the increases are limited to the Consumer Price Index (CPI) cap of 1.7 percent, consistent with the Postal Law of 2006.

“We heard concerns that we were moving too fast on discontinuing POSTNET coding, and we will continue to offer the automation prices for mail with POSTNET barcodes beyond May 2011,” says Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoe, though a new IMb implementation deadline has not been released. To date, more than 41 billion pieces of mail have been processed using the IMb.

Price increases:

First-Class Mail: Single-piece Letters & Cards 0.5%; Flats 5.3%; Parcels 3.8%; Presort Letters & Cards 1.8%; International (Outbound and Inbound) 4%.

Standard Mail: Letters 1.8%; Flats 0.8%; Carrier Route Letters, Flats, and Parcels 1.4%; High Density / Saturation Letters 0.6%; High Density / Saturation Flats and Parcels 0.4%; Parcels (NFM’s / Parcels) 11.3%.

Periodicals: Outside County 1.8%; Inside County 1.1%.

See www.usps.com/prices.

In July 2010, the Postal Service filed an exigent price proposal that was rejected by the Postal Regulatory Commission in September. The Postal Service filed an appeal of that decision with the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in November and awaits a decision. See http://americanprinter.com/binding-finishing/mail-flap-postage-hike.