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USPS Priority Mail Rate Filing Impacts Merchants

The USPS filed a notice about its rate plans for Priority Mail, a popular service among online sellers. But the filing with the Postal Regulatory Commission included some good news – the Postal Service wants to keep domestic Priority Mail Express and Priority Mail services at their current prices.

“It’s part of the Postal Service’s ongoing pricing strategy to capitalize on strong package growth,” according to the agency’s announcement. “Priority Mail is the Postal Service’s flagship Shipping Services product and is a convenient and fast way to send documents and packages requiring expedited transportation and handling.”

However, under the pricing proposal filed on January 26th, Priority Mail International prices will increase 6.8 percent, pricing to Canada will be zoned, and Priority Mail Express International prices will increase 6.7 percent with flat-rate pricing available.

USPS proposes the prices become effective April 26. Before this happens, the PRC will review the rates to determine if they’re consistent with applicable law.

The USPS also used the announcement for a bit of marketing, noting that, “unlike other shipping companies, the Postal Service is not implementing new dimensional weight charges with this pricing proposal, continuing its commitment to deliver the best value for customers.”

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That reference to dim weight rates was a dig at UPS and FedEx changes to their respective ground services in which large, lightweight packages cost more to ship as of this month.

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Ina Steiner is co-founder and Editor of EcommerceBytes and has been reporting on ecommerce since 1999. She's a widely cited authority on marketplace selling and is author of "Turn eBay Data Into Dollars" (McGraw-Hill 2006). Her blog was featured in the book, "Blogging Heroes" (Wiley 2008). Follow her on Twitter at @ecommercebytes and send news tips to ina@ecommercebytes.com.