Postal Regulatory Commission Approves USPS Rate Increase

Postal Regulatory Commission Approves USPS Rate Increase

Today’s ruling by the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) approving the proposed prices and classifications for Standard Mail, Periodicals, and Package Services enables the Postal Service to move forward with a new pricing strategy to capitalize on strong mail and package growth.

The new pricing and classification changes for all market-dominant mail classes and competitive products take effect on May 31, 2015. Additionally, the Postal Service is able to move forward with the remaining calendar year 2015 Promotions: Color Transpromo, Emerging and Advanced Technology, and Mail Drives Mobile Engagement.

More information on the new 2015 pricing and the PRC’s ruling is available at www.prc.gov .

NFocus will provide updated postal rate calculators shortly to help our partners understand their actual increases. As an example, saturation flats at the SCF are increasing from $.166 to $169 per piece. Please contact your NFocus rep for additional details. Thank you.

USPS Rate Increase- updated information

The USPS Rate increase has NOT been approved yet.

Previously, the PRC stated it would give the Public 7 days to Comment on the USPS response to the Remand Order. Based on the comment period, I doubt we will know whether or not the new rates are approved for a week or so; but keep in mind that they CAN be implemented by 5/31 if the USPS approves them as-filed.

It remains the hope that mailers will 1) prevail on the Exigency Appeal – with a decision soon – so that rates will need to be adjusted downward as soon as July or August of this year, and that 2) “possibly” the USPS could get approval of these rates, but voluntarily agree to postpone implementation so that mailers have only ONE price change this year – but that second “hope” may be a long shot. We recommend all customers plan for these rates to go into effect as of May 31, 2015.

PRC Remands USPS again

Today, the PRC remanded the Postal Service price adjustment in areas relating to standard mail, periodicals, and package services and products back to the USPS, AGAIN, to correct deficiencies that the Postal Service had found in its March 6, 2015 Remand Order. Although the Postal Service did file 74 pages of comments and corrections on March 12, 2015, the PRC found the filing deficient.

Once again, the Postal Service has been given an additional order to correct deficiencies in its price filing.

The PRC Order finds that the revised price adjustments still need revision, correction and clarification. The PRC filing includes this comment:

After the Postal Service addresses the deficiencies described in this Order, and files an amended notice of rate adjustment in response to this Order, the Commission will allow for 7 days from the date of the Postal Service’s filing for public comment in accordance with [the law].

The Postal Service states that the revised prices are scheduled to go into effect on April 26, 2015. . . . Pursuant to [the law] no rate shall take effect until 45 days after the Postal Service files a notice specifying that rate.

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