Whoa There Cowboy – USPS To Temporarily Raise Postage Rates For Holiday Mail

If the United States Postal Service (USPS) gets its wish, Americans will be paying a little more for their holiday mail this year.

The agency has filed notice with the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) regarding a temporary price adjustment for the 2022 peak holiday season.

The rate adjustment will be temporary if it is granted and will apply to domestic packages sent between Oct. 2, 2022, and Jan. 22, 2023.

Depending on the weight of a package, the speed of service (e.g. Priority Mail), and where it will be sent, retail customers could see price increases between $0.30 to $6.45. 

A USPS spokesperson confirmed to ConsumerAffairs that the rate increase will not impact the price of postage stamps or international products.

The USPS said this move is part of Delivering for America, its 10-year plan for achieving financial sustainability and service excellence.

“The Postal Service has some of the lowest postage rates in the industrialized world and continues to offer great values in shipping.

These temporary rates will keep USPS competitive while providing the agency with the revenue to cover extra costs in anticipation of peak-season volume,” the agency said in a statement.

The price changes people can expect

The price changes for “retail” consumers are as follows:

Priority Mail and Priority Mail Express

  • $0.95 increase for PM and PME Flat Rate Boxes and Envelopes.
  • $0.30 increase for Zones 1-4, 0-10 lbs.
  • $1.00 increase for Zones 5-9, 0-10 lbs.
  • $0.95 increase for Zones 1-4, 11-25 lbs.
  • $3.20 increase for Zones 5-9, 11-25 lbs.
  • $3.25 increase for Zones 1-4, 26-70 lbs.
  • $6.45 increase for Zones 5-9, 26-70 lbs.

First-Class Package Service, Parcel Select Ground, and USPS Retail Ground

  • $0.30 increase for Zones 1-4, 0-10 lbs.
  • $0.60 increase for Zones 5-9, 0-10 lbs.
  • $0.95 increase for Zones 1-4, 11-25 lbs.
  • $2.70 increase for Zones 5-9, 11-25 lbs.
  • $3.25 increase for Zones 1-4, 26-70 lbs.
  • $5.85 increase for Zones 5-9, 26-70 lbs.

A full list of commercial and retail pricing can be found on the Postal Service’s Postal Explorer website.

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