U.S. Postal Service’s new rates go into effect

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Washington, D.C.—The U.S. Postal Service’s rate changes that were announced last fall went into effect Jan. 18. They include rate hikes ranging from 3.9% for priority mail to 8.5% for some international shipping services.

Other price increases include: parcel select (5.9%), express mail (5.7%) and parcel return service (5.3%). Overall, shipping services prices will increase an average of 5%.

New for this year is Commercial Plus pricing, for high-volume express mail and priority mail users. The USPS said Commercial Plus prices for express mail will average 14.5% less than retail prices, with priority mail averaging 7% below retail.

Details about the pricing changes are available at

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