USPS Announces Competitive Product Rate Changes
Posted on January 27th, 2015

The Postal Service announced price increases on competitive products, including international mail products and services, which will take effect April 26, 2015, assuming approval by the Postal Regulatory Commission.

Below are a few highlights culled from the filing and upon a quick read.

New Products or Price Categories Introduced: (Pursuant to Order No. 1062, the following describes any new products or price categories):
• Adding new zoned prices based on origin ZIP Codes for Priority Mail
International destined to Canada
• Increasing the maximum weight for Priority Mail International Rate Group
17 (Netherlands)
• Combining the insurance tables for Priority Mail Express International and
Priority Mail International
• Eliminating the Parcel Return Service

International Products
A. Expedited Services
International expedited services include Global Express Guaranteed (GXG) and Priority Mail Express International (PMEI). Overall, GXG prices will rise by 7.2 percent. PMEI will be subject to an overall 6.7 percent increase. The existing structure of GXG Retail, Commercial Base, and Commercial Plus price categories will be maintained.

B. Priority Mail International
The overall increase for Priority Mail International (PMI) will be 5.5 percent. The existing structure of PMI Flat Rate, Retail, Commercial Base, and Commercial Plus price categories will be maintained, except for the establishment of new zoned prices based on origin ZIP Code for PMI destined to Canada. In addition, the maximum weight for PMI for Rate Group 17 (Netherlands) will increase to 66 lbs.

C. International Priority Airmail and International Surface Air Lift
Published prices for International Priority Airmail (IPA) and International Surface Air Lift (ISAL) will increase by 4.5 percent.


D. Airmail M-Bags
The published prices for Airmail M-Bags will increase by 6.8 percent.

E. First-Class Package International Service™
The overall increase for First-Class Package International Service (FCPIS) prices will be 7.2 percent. The existing structure of FCPIS Retail, Commercial Base, and Commercial Plus price categories will be maintained.

F. International Ancillary Services and Special Services
Prices for several international ancillary services will be increased. As a housekeeping matter, provisions concerning Inbound International Return Receipt and Inbound International Insurance will be removed from the Mail Classification Schedule. Certificates of Mailing will increase 2.5 percent. Registered Mail will increase 2.2 percent. International Return Receipt will increase 2.7 percent. The insurance tables for PMEI and PMI will be combined to simplify pricing.


You can find the entire filing with price charts here: http://www.prc.gov/docs/91/91231/Notice%20CP2015-33.pdf



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