Postage rates would rise an average of 1.8 percent for First-Class mail and 1.5 percent for other categories under a notice filed by the United States Postal Service (USPS). The price changes, if approved by the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC), would take effect Jan. 24.
Postal rates rose by an average 1.9 percent overall after the Postal Service’s last rate case, which took effect Jan. 26, 2020.
Within the category of Marketing Mail, nonprofit regular automation would see 19 of the 27 categories increase, with some increases as much as 9 percent within flats, according to calculations by the Alliance of Nonprofit of Mailers. At the same time, five of the 27 categories within nonprofit regular automation would see rates drop, some as much as 5 and 7 percent, depending on the sub-category.
Eighteen of the 34 sub-categories within nonprofit regular non-automation would increase, ranging from 0.2 percent to 9.1 percent. Of the 14 sub-categories that expect a decrease, they would range anywhere from 0.2 percent to as much as 31 percent, with the largest declines proposed within non-machinable.