Peak package pricing – Brief increase takes effect Oct. 3

Starting next week, USPS will temporarily increase some package product prices for the peak holiday season.

The increases — which go into effect Oct. 3 and will remain in place until Dec. 26 — will affect Priority Mail, Priority Mail Express, First-Class Package Service, Parcel Select, USPS Retail Ground and Parcel Return Service.

International products won’t be affected.

Delivering for America, the Postal Service’s 10-year plan for achieving financial sustainability, calls for appropriate pricing initiatives.

The seasonal adjustment will bring prices for the organization’s commercial and retail customers in line with competitive practices and aims to provide USPS with the revenue to cover extra costs should holiday volume surge as it did in 2020.

Here’s a list of the temporary increases:

• Priority Mail, Priority Mail Express, Parcel Select Ground and USPS Retail Ground: 75-cent increase for Priority Mail and Priority Mail Flat Rate Boxes and envelopes; 25-cent increase for Zones 1-4, 0-10 lbs.; 75-cent increase for Zones 5-9, 0-10 lbs.; $1.50 increase for Zones 1-4, 11-20 lbs.; $3 increase for Zones 5-9, 11-20 lbs.; $2.50 increase for Zones 1-4, 21-70 lbs.; $5 increase for Zones 5-9, 21-70 lbs.

• First-Class Package Service Commercial: Starts at $3.01 (current), 30 cents (temporary increase)

• First-Class Package Service Retail: Starts at $4 (current), 30 cents (temporary increase)

• Parcel Select Lightweight (Destination Sectional Center Facility and Select Destination Network Distribution Center): Starts at $2.55 (current), $1 (temporary increase)

• Parcel Select Destination Sectional Center Facility: Starts at $4.84 (current), $1 (temporary increase)

• Parcel Select Destination Network Distribution Center: Starts at $6.85 (current), $1 (temporary increase)

• Parcel Return Service: Starts at $3.21 (current), $1 (temporary increase)

The Postal Explorer website has a full list of commercial and retail pricing.


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Don’t anyone worry, Amazon gets to keep the shipping subsidy on each parcel as well as priority handling the Postal Service gives them.