The US Postal Service is proposing to eliminate Priority Mail Regional Rate boxes and restructure postal zones as part of the changes coming on January 22, 2023 along with new rates.
Most importantly, it does not include the proposed rate changes yet, which, once revealed, will still have to be approved by the Postal Regulatory Commission.
We're still reviewing the documents, but a few things jumped out at once:
14.0 Elimination of Regional Rate Boxes for Priority Mail and Priority Mail International
The USPS proposes to eliminate Regional Rate Boxes(A/15 pounds and B/20 pounds) for Priority Mail and Priority Mail international. This proposal will simplify the Priority Mail and Priority Mail International rate structure. This proposal will eliminate the Regional Rate Boxes A (max up to 15 lbs.) and B (max up to 20 lbs.).
Q: What will replace Regional Rate boxes?
A: Regional Rate boxes will not be replaced; mailers may use other existing box options.
(For those unfamiliar with the product, here's a description
of Regional Rate boxes.)
The USPS is also looking to create two sets of Nonstandard Fees, one for the Priority Mail family (expedited) and one for non-expedited (including First Class Package Service Retail).
are those steep surcharges for long packages introduced in April. Here's what today's documents said about the proposed 2023 changes:
7.0 Separate Nonstandard Fees for Expedited and Ground Products
The USPS proposes to implement two sets of prices for full-network domestic competitive product nonstandard fees: one set for Priority Mail and Priority Mail Express and one set for First-Class Package Service Retail and the Parcel Select Lightweight None/Origin Entry category. This will allow for the Ground Nonstandard Fee structure to be independent of the Expedited products Nonstandard fee pricing structure.
And, according to the FAQs, "Nonstandard fees may have separate prices based on the product. Separate lines will exist for Ground versus Expedited prices."
And here's what the documents say about proposed changes to Zones:
9.0 ZONE MODERNIZATION PHASE 2
The USPS proposes to eliminate Local Zone for all products except Connect Local and split Zones 1 & 2 into separate zones. All Competitive zoned parcel products will move to 9 separate price zones to include: Zones 1 through 9. This proposal is applicable to First-Class Package Service, Parcel Select Destination, Priority Mail, Priority Mail Express, and Ground Return Service (to be renamed to First-Class Package Return services).
We have questions in to the USPS and will update this when we learn more and after we've had a chance to go over the documents in more detail. Let us know if anything jumps out at you at this early stage of the 2023 rate change planning by the USPS, and how the proposed changes would impact you.