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PRC ANNOUNCES PLAN FOR 10-YEAR REVIEW OF SYSTEM OF REGULATING RATES AND CLASSES FOR MARKET DOMINANT PRODUCTS. PRC:

Washington, DC – At today’s quarterly public meeting of the Postal Regulatory Commission (Commission), the Commission outlined its plans for the upcoming review of the existing ratemaking system. The Commission is notifying the public now so that all interested parties may prepare to fully participate in the review that will start after December 20, 2016.

On December 20, 2006, the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act (PAEA) was signed into law and created a modern system of regulating rates and classes for Market Dominant products. The PAEA also mandated that the Commission review this system 10 years later to determine if it is achieving the objectives established by Congress. December 20, 2016 is the ten-year anniversary of the PAEA, and also will mark the beginning of the Commission’s required review of the system of regulation established by 39 U.S.C. § 3622.

Although additional specific information will be provided by the Commission in its December Order, the Commission offers the following preliminary information:

  • December 20, 2016 – Commission issues Order beginning the review. The Order will describe the approximate structure and timeframe within which the Commission will complete its review, as well as define the opportunities for public comment within the review
  • Early Spring 2017 – Deadline for comments to be submitted
  • Early Autumn 2017 – Commission issues Order including its findings and, if necessary, preparatory rule-making information for any changes to the system

The Commission will provide updates to the public of the review process through its website, www.prc.gov

POSTAL SERVICE POSTS IMPORTANT UPDATES TO RIBBS/POSTALPRO:

USPS SHOWS $1.6 BILLION LOSS FOR FY16 Q3. USPS

  • Net loss for quarter of $1.6 billion
  • Continued double-digit growth in revenue and volume in the Shipping and Packages business
  • Enactment of postal reform legislation remains urgently needed 

WASHINGTON — Excluding a change in accounting estimate recorded during the quarter, the U.S. Postal Service reported operating revenue of $16.6 billion for the third quarter of fiscal year 2016 (April 1, 2016 - June 30, 2016), an increase of $117 million, or 0.7 percent, over the same period last year (See Selected Third Quarter 2016 Results of Operations table below). Nevertheless, the Postal Service suffered both a controllable loss (defined below) and a net loss for the quarter. In addition, the Postal Service’s revenues were approximately $450 million less than they otherwise would have been during the quarter because of the expiration of the exigent surcharge on April 10, 2016.

 

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