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Sat Aug 26 2017 23:58:30

Sellers Should Brace for USPS Rate Hike in January

By: Ina Steiner

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You can count on shipping costs to go up each year, and January is the favorite month for USPS, UPS, and FedEx to raise rates. Blogger D. Eadward Tree (a pseudonym for a magazine-industry insider) says the USPS aims to raise shipping rates on January 21, 2018. 

"The USPS will raise rates for both market-dominant mail (such as First Class and Marketing Mail) and competitive mail (such as Priority Mail) on Jan. 21, 2018, postal officials told mailing-industry representatives this week," he wrote on the Dead Tree Edition blog on Saturday.

The USPS has leeway for how much it can raise competitive mail rates - popular with small online sellers - and Tree said the USPS is most likely to file the new rates with the Postal Regulatory Commission in October.

He also delves into the impact on market-dominant rates, which are currently limited by an inflation-based cap, but that could change, as he reminds his readers. That's thanks to the PRC 10-year review, which you can also read more about here.

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Sellers Should Brace for USPS Rate Hike in January   Sellers Should Brace for USPS Rate Hike in January

This user has validated their user name. by: toolguy

Tue Aug 29 09:40:58 2017

Are Americans subsidizing Amazon shipments?

I still see the USPS trucks on Sunday!

They only carry Amazon & Express Mail on Sunday. . .(Mostly Amazon)

Sellers Should Brace for USPS Rate Hike in January   Sellers Should Brace for USPS Rate Hike in January

This user has validated their user name. by: RKTOYS

Tue Aug 29 11:02:34 2017

More than likely.  Republicans are trying to dismantle the USPS through a multipronged attack.  First there's pre-funding the pensions out 75 years.  People foolishly think it's to protect retired workers but it's really designed to break the USPS's back.  When that didn't work, they rolled out the ePacket scam.  USPS charges the Chinese about $1 anywhere in the country while you and I pay $6+ to ship within our own state.  If we're not subsidizing those rates, then the USPS is losing money, which also serves the Republicans.  Now there's the Amazon Sunday delivery.  It's either overtime, which hurts the USPS budget, or contract work, which hurts the postal worker union.  Either serves the interests of people who hate to see the federal government actually work.

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