PRC Issues Findings and Proposed Changes to USPS Pricing System

The Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) on Friday, December 1, 2017, published an order on the findings of its review of the USPS® pricing and classification systems for Market Dominant products. The Market Dominant pricing and classification system in place today was put into place by the 2006 Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act (PAEA). As part of that act, a mandatory 10-year review by the PRC was put into place to evaluate whether the pricing system has achieved the objectives of the original act. This review of the current systems was begun in December of 2016.

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PRC Approves 2017 USPS Price Adjustments

Earlier this week the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) approved the United States Postal Service® (USPS®) proposed price adjustment for all classes of mail. This price adjustment is now finalized, and will be implemented on January 22, 2017. There are also six promotion programs for the 2017 calendar year, which will be implemented starting January 1, 2017 and then continue throughout the year.

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USPS Decides to Not Offer Tech Credit

From the latest DMM Advisory:

June 24, 2013

DMM Advisory

Pricing keeping you informed about the prices and mailing standards of the United States Postal Service

Technical Credit Promotion Statement

The Postal Service had proposed the Technology Credit Promotion as a way to help mailers defray some of the initial costs associated with converting to full-service.

However, in light of the Postal Regulatory Commission’s June 10 decision regarding the price cap treatment of the Technology Credit Promotion, and the Postal Service’s present financial condition, we have determined not to proceed with the promotion.

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USPS Announces New Prices and Services for 2013

The USPS issued a Press Release earlier this afternoon announcing they filed a price increase with the PRC for new prices and services they seek to implement in 2013.  Here are some of the details of the filing:


The price for First-Class Mail single-piece letters will increase by just a penny when prices change in Jan. The new 46 cent Forever stamps will allow customers to mail letters to any location in the United States. Forever stamps are always good for mailing a one-ounce letter anytime in the future regardless of price changes.Highlights of the new single-piece First-Class Mail pricing, effective Jan. 27, 2013 include:

  • Letters (1oz.) – 1-cent increase to 46 cents
  • Letters additional ounces – unchanged at 20 cents
  • Letters to all international destinations (1oz.) – $1.10
  • Postcards – 1-cent increase to 33 cents

Prices for all products (Mailing and Shipping services) will increase by 4-percent, but prices for Mailing Services, such as regular letters and advertising matter, will increase only 2.6-percent.

The Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) will review the prices before they become effective Jan. 27, 2013. Today’s Shipping and Mailing price filings will be available on the PRC website at and the new Mailing Service prices are also available at

Shipping Services

Several new Shipping Services products will be available in January. Free tracking will be offered to all competitive packages, including retail Priority Mail and Parcel Post (recently renamed Standard Post). Also new, customers shipping Critical Mail letters and flats will now have the option of receiving a signature upon delivery as part of the service offering.

A large variety of flat-rate boxes and envelopes for Express Mail and Priority Mail, including the padded and legal-sized flat rate envelopes will continue to be offered by the Postal Service.

 New domestic retail pricing for Priority Mail Flat Rate products include:

  • Small box – $5.80
  • Medium box – $12.35
  • Large box – $16.85
  • Large APO/FPO box – $14.85
  • Regular envelope – $5.60
  • Legal and Padded – $5.95