Postage rates may change in 2022 following new USPS proposal

What you pay to ship packages and send mail may change on Jan. 9, 2022.

This is because the USPS filed a request with the Postal Regulatory Commission to change their prices.

The USPS has proposed a new base price range as well as new changes and fees to other services.

USPS Connect Local is currently a pilot program in Texas, but plans to expand in 2022. This offers same or next day delivery to local addresses that are serviced with the local post office.

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The USPS wants to test a similar program called USPS Connect Local Mail which will mail flat pieces of mail for $2.95 as long as they weigh less than 13 oz.

USPS Retail Ground will propose a new and more competitive price structure.

A new $1.50 fee will be created for Priority Mail, Priority Mail Express, and Parcel Select services when the shipper doesn’t provide the packages dimensions or they are incorrect.

Priority Mail, Priority Mail Express, Parcel Select, First Class Package Service, and USPS Retail Ground will see fees for packages that exceed sorting requirement sizes. Packages with over 22 inches in length will have a $4.00 fee, packages with over 30 inches in length will see a $15.00 fee, and packages over 2 cubic feet with have a fee of $15.00.

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Flat rate Priority Mail both commercial and retail will also change in price is the proposal is approved.

USPS Priority Mail (Retail) price changes for 2022

Standard FR Envelope, Legal Size FR Envelope, FR Padded Envelope, and Small FR Box will all increase $1.00 from 2021 to 2022.

Medium FR Box will increase $.60 cents.

General Large FB Box and APO/FPO Large FB Box will decrease by $.40 cents.

Regional FR Box A will increase $.47 cents and Regional FR Box B will increase $.62 cents.

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USPS Priority Mail (Commercial) price changes for 2022

Standard FR Envelope, Legal Size FR Envelope, and Small FR Box will increase $.35 cents.

FR Padded Envelope will increase $.45 cents.

Medium FR Box will increase $.50 cents.

General Large FB Box and APO/FPO Large FB Box will decrease $.10 cents.

Regional FR Box A will increase $.55 cents and Regional FR Box B will increase $.65 cents.

eSeller365 reports that these price changes are similar to their competitors UPS, FedEx, and DHL.

Related: The House Subcommittee on Government Operations is struggling to help the USPS improve performance


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