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PRC Approves Proposed Temporary Rate Adjustments for 2021 Peak Holiday Season

The Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) approved a temporary price adjustment for key package products for the 2021 peak holiday season. This temporary rate adjustment is similar to one in 2020 that anticipated heightened peak-season package and shipping demand, which typically results in extra handling costs.

The approved peak-season pricing will affect prices on commercial and retaildomestic competitive parcels – Priority Mail Express (PME), Priority Mail (PM), First-Class Package Service (FCPS), Parcel Select, USPS Retail Ground, and Parcel Return Service. International products would be unaffected. The temporary rates would go into effect at 12:00 a.m., Central Time, on Oct. 3, 2021, and remain in place through Saturday, December 25, 2021. 

This seasonal adjustment will bring prices for the Postal Service’s commercial and retail customers in line with competitive practices. No structural changes are planned as part of this limited pricing initiative.

Delivering for America,” the Postal Service’s 10-year plan for achieving financial sustainability and service excellence, calls for appropriate pricing initiatives. The Postal Service has some of the lowest mail postage rates in the industrialized world and continues to offer great values in shipping. These temporary rates will keep the Postal Service competitive while providing the agency with the revenue to cover extra costs in anticipation of peak-season volume surges similar to levels experienced in 2020. The forecasted additional revenue from the time-limited increase will depend on the volume of packages shipped between Oct. 3 and Dec. 25, 2021 – the period the Postal Service historically considers its holiday peak season.

The approved price changes include:

Priority Mail, Priority Mail Express, Parcel Select Ground and USPS Retail Ground:

  • $0.75 increase for PM and PME Flat Rate Boxes and Envelopes.
  • $0.25 increase for Zones 1-4, 0-10 lbs.
  • $0.75 increase for Zones 5-9, 0-10 lbs.
  • $1.50 increase for Zones 1-4, 11-20 lbs.
  • $3.00 increase for Zones 5-9, 11-20lbs.
  • $2.50 increase for Zones 1-4, 21-70 lbs.
  • $5.00 increase for Zones 5-9, 21-70 lbs.
ProductCurrentPlanned Increase
Parcel Select DestinationDelivery Unit (DDU)Starts at $3.30No change
Parcel Select Lightweight (DDU)Starts at $2.15No change
FCPS CommercialStarts at $3.0130 cents
FCPS RetailStarts at $4.0030 cents
Parcel Select Lightweight
Starts at $2.55$1.00
Parcel Select DSCFStarts at $4.84$1.00
Parcel Select DNDCStarts at $6.85$1.00
Parcel Return ServiceStarts at $3.21$1.00

A full list of commercial and retail pricing can be found on the Postal Service’s Postal Explorer website https://pe.usps.com/text/dmm300/Notice123.htm

The final order approving the temporary price adjustment can be found here:  https://www.prc.gov/docs/119/119663/Order_5973.pdf. The price change tables are also available on the Postal Service’s Postal Explorer website at pe.usps.com/PriceChange/Index.

The Postal Service’s “Delivering for America” 10-year plan aims to reverse a projected $160 billion in losses over the next 10 years. The Plan’s growth and efficiency initiatives will spur cash flow and savings to make $40 billion in capital investments over the next 10 years – including approximately $20 billion towards the Postal Service’s mail and package processing network, facility upgrades and procurement of new processing equipment.

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