Postal Service to appeal rate hike rejection

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Washington, D.C.—The U.S. Postal Service will appeal the rejection of its request for a postal rate increase for next year.

The Postal Service will ask the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington to review the September decision by the Postal Regulatory Commission that denied its request to raise rates an average of 5.6% next year, and to levels that in some cases would be much higher for commercial and periodical mailings.

The Postal Service had sought an exception to a federal requirement that postal rate increases be based on the rate of inflation, currently near zero. The service cited “exigent” economic and cultural circumstances that have led to huge financial losses, but the PRC rejected that argument.

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