Washington, D.C.—The Direct Marketing Association said it is calling for cooperation this week within the mailing industry in order to maintain the momentum for postal reform legislation currently being hammered out in Congress.
Congressional leaders are currently working on resolving differences in the House and Senate versions of postal reform legislation, particularly in the area of parcel post rates.
The DMA supports a so-called “hard cap” on postal rate increases for all classes of mail, but some representatives of the private-sector parcel delivery industry “are pushing for language in the House bill that could result in an increase of up to 40% in parcel post rates,” according to the DMA.
“We are so close to achieving postal reform, it would be a shame for it to be derailed this late in the game,” said DMA President-CEO John A. Greco Jr. in a statement. “The private-sector parcel delivery companies are being shortsighted in not considering the immediate need for legislation that would stabilize postal rates for all types of mail, including parcel post. In the long run, higher shipping rates could mean far fewer packages to deliver.”
The DMA said the debate “poses a serious threat to the effort to pass postal reform legislation before Congress adjourns for the year.” It provides more details about the postal reform effort at www.the-dma.org/postal.