Update! Announced March 27th, 2015 – the price increase has been delayed. The new date for the increases has not been set.
“The Postal Service Governors decided today to delay the implementation of new market-dominant and competitive rates and classification changes until all of our proposed market-dominant changes are approved by the Postal Regulatory Commission. This decision was primarily motivated by a desire to eliminate potential adverse impacts on postal customers that might result from a staggered implementation of our new prices…”
Prices are going up, folks. Applicable as of April 26, 2015.
Direct from USPS:
“In addition to the approval of the First-Class increases, the Postal Regulatory Commission approved the following increases to the below competitive products:
- Parcel Select will increase on average 8.0% for non-Lightweight Parcel Select
- Parcel Return Service will have an overall price increase of 4.8% (increase will be determined by where parcel is retrieved)
- First-Class Package Service will increase 5.1% with no structural changes
- Standard Post will increase 11.4%. Prices in Zones 1-4 continue to align with retail Priority Mail prices and receive Priority Mail service and only default to Standard Post if item is not permitted to travel by air
- Priority Mail International (PMI) overall increase will be 5.5% and Canada pricing will be zoned
NOTE: PMI Flat Rate, Retail, Commercial Base, and Commercial Plus price categories will be maintained, except for the establishment of new zoned prices based on origin ZIP Code for PMI destined to Canada.
- Priority Mail Express International (PMEI) overall increase will be 6.7%
- Global Express Guaranteed overall increase will be 7.2%
NOTE: GXG Retail, Commercial Base, and Commercial Plus price categories will be maintained.
- International Priority Airmail (IPA) and International Surface Air Lift (ISAL) will increase by 4.5%
- Airmail M-Bags will increase by 6.8%
- First-Class Package International Service overall increase will be 7.2%
NOTE: FCPIS Retail, Commercial Base and Commercial Plus price categories will be maintained
There are also increases to some Extra Services both Domestic and International. You can find these details and additional information on the ruling in the PRC’s Order Approving Changes in Rates of General Applicability for Competitive Products issued on Feb. 25, 2015.”