Well, it’s that time again; USPS has released its proposed rate increases for 2018. Most of the news we’ve been seeing includes specific examples of retail rate increases which are relatively lightweight at 3.9% on average for Priority Mail.
Commercial rates are slated to be 6% on average which doesn’t sound all that bad. But, keep in mind that “on average” doesn’t mean the increases are uniform. Since we couldn’t find any articles with specific examples of the commercial rate increases, we dug up the source document with those rates and found some much larger rate increases on many popular shipping options.
These figures show the proposed rates and calculate the increase from the current rates.
Commercial Base discounted pricing is used throughout.
Regional Rate Summary:
0 to +65¢ (+41¢ avg.)
-30¢ to +62¢ (+31¢ avg. )
An interesting thing to note here, for several zones the Regional B rate was actually reduced.
So, as you can see, the average rate hikes may be somewhat low. However, certain popular options like 15.999 oz First Class Package (15% increase), or Priority Padded Flat Rate Envelope (8% increase), are fairly steep.
If approved, these changes will go into effect on January 21, 2018.
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