The Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) approved the price change notice the United States Postal Service® (USPS®) filed in October requesting an average price change of approximately 9.5%. This means that there will be price changes to the Shipping Services (a/k/a “competitive”) products effective January 17, 2016. This price change does NOT include any price increase for First-Class Mail® or any other Mailing (a/k/a “market dominant”) products.
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The Postal Service is revising Mailing Standards of the United States Postal Service, Domestic Mail Manual (DMM®) to require the use of Intelligent Mail® package barcodes (IMpb) on all commercial parcels, and to require the transmission of supporting electronic documentation including piece-level address or ZIP+4® Code information. Included in these new requirements is a per-piece price adjustment for mailpieces not complying with the IMpb standards.
The Postal Service is also adding DMM reference to a future requirement to use a complete destination delivery address or an 11-digit delivery point validated ZIP CodeTM in the mailer’s electronic documentation.
Read more: Federal Register (Vol. 78, No. 243).
Visit USPS RIBBS website for information on Shipping Services File (SSP Version 1.6).