The second postal rate hike of this year is on track to take effect at the end of next month following approval this week by the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC).
The United States Postal Service (USPS) filed notice with the PRC in May and the new rates will become effective Aug. 29, barring a legal effort to stop the increase. Average rates are expected to jump 6.9%. Nonprofit Marketing Mail would experience an average increase of 7.8%, ranging from 5.7% to 14.6%, depending on the category and class.
“As the regulator designed the new rates authority, this became an exercise in checking the math for the specific rate cells USPS published on May 28,” said Stephen Kearney, executive director of the Alliance of Nonprofit Mailers (ANM).
The alliance continues to battle the looming rate hikes in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. The Washington, D.C.-based advocacy group this week filed a reply brief to the PRC’s brief in its litigation against the rate hikes as did the USPS. Final briefs are due July 26. Oral arguments are scheduled Sept. 13 with an appeals court decision to follow, according to Kearney.
It would be the second rate hike this calendar year. New postal rates went into effect in January, with an overall average 1.8% increase for First-Class mail and 1.5% for other categories. That increase came a year after rates went up an average of 1.9% overall in January 2020.