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USPS Files 2018 Price Changes: The Postal Service filed notice with the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) of changes in rates of general applicability for market dominant products. In accordance with Rule 3015.2(b), the filing provides the Governors’ Decisions establishing the changes, including a statement of explanation and justification, and certifications of the vote. The proposed prices would raise Mailing Services product prices approximately 1.9 percent, and most Shipping Services products will average a 3.9 percent price increase.

USPS Policy: Frequent Mailers Consider How to Legally Stop Postal Rate Increases. Businesses that are frequent mailers are weighing legal options to stop the U.S. Postal Service from raising postal rates, a trade group official said. The USPS does not have any Senate-confirmed governors on its board of governors, at least one of whom is normally required to accept price increases... PostCom President & CEO Michael Plunkett is featured in this article published by the Capitol Forum

USPS Defaults on Mandatory Payments. On September 29, it was reported that the U.S. Postal Service failed to make the $6.9 billion mandatory pre-funding payment into accounts for its retirees’ pensions and health care. This is not unprecedented as between 2012 and 2016, USPS defaulted on $34 billion dollars in such pre-funding payments.

First-Class Mail Rate Increase. On August 9, 2017, the Postal Regulatory Commission approved the transfer of the First-Class Mail Parcels product from the market-dominant product list to the competitive product list. The approved new rates will go into effect on September 3, 2017Check here for rate charts and details. 

PRC Decision on Proposed Move Update Assessment Change. The PRC on August 23, 2017 issued an order approving the price adjustment and classification changes related to move update assessments in MC2017-7. The changes included increasing the move update assessment from 7 cents to 8 cents, establishing an error threshold of 0.5 percent, extending no-fee ACS to qualifying non-Full-Service mailpieces for mailers that meet specific criteria, and removing references to the Move Update assessment charge from the USPS Marketing Mail Parcels section of the MCS.  PRC approved the USPS’ proposed changes in this case, finding that the proposed changes are reasonable. 


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Five Things You Need to Know

1. USPS's proposes price changes to be implemented on January 19, 2018

2. CPI-U rose 0.5 percent in September

3. First-Class Parcels move to Competitive-Dominant List 

4. USPS Marketing Mail Change will not be implemented prior to January 2019

5. USPS is discontinuing support for File Transfer Protocol (FTP) on November 30

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