USPS to Move More Packages by Truck Instead of Plane

Some packages may soon take more time to arrive, the U.S. Postal Service said.

Starting May 1, the standard time for about one-third of first-class packages will be one to two days longer. The change is expected to have the biggest impact on deliveries traveling long distances, such as those going from coast to coast, USPS said on its website.

The change impacts first-class packages, which are meant to be small and lightweight.

Another 4% of those packages will be “upgraded from a three-day to two-day service standard,” officials said in an April 18 news release. There won’t be a change in delivery times for the other 64% of the deliveries.

Officials said the new “standards will enable additional package volume to be transported by surface transportation, which is more reliable and affordable compared to air transportation.”


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