Postal Regulatory Commission recommends rate increases

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Washington, D.C.—As expected, the Postal Regulatory Commission Monday delivered its opinion on a U.S. Postal Service rate increase, recommending that the price of a first-class stamp be raised by two cents to 41 cents. That’s a penny less than the Postal Service recommended.

The rate increase affects the b-to-b mailing community to varying degrees, since its impact on different classes of mail varies. The average rate increase will be 7.6%. American Business Media President-CEO Gordon T. Hughes II sent an e-mail to members saying the group will analyze the complex rates that have been recommended once it obtains data on their impact on various types of publications.

The case now shifts back to the Postal Service, which will decide whether to accept or reject the recommendation. New rates are expected to be put in place in May.

—Carol Krol

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