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Are you getting ready for the rate case changes?

Are you getting ready for the rate case changes that will take place January 22, 2012!

Below is an overview on how some things will change.  It appears that the overall average price increase is 2.1%, across all mailing classes which is the capped by law as measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI).   

These new prices were filed with the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) on Oct. 18, 2011. They now have 45 days to review the prices to verify their compliance with the CPI.  Then we as your software vender will make changes to comply with the new prices that will take effect on Jan. 22, 2012.

First class mail:

1oz. Letters                   increased– 1-cent increase         to 45 cents.

Postcards                     increased– 3-cents                    to 32 cents

1oz. Letters to Canada   increase 5 cents                        to 85 cents


Standard Mail:

Letters increased at a rate lower than the CPI.  Its increase is 1.9 percent.


Class of mail percentage price changes at a glance:

Class    Percent Change

First-Class Mail             2.133 %

Standard Mail               2.124 %

Periodicals                   2.133 %

Package Services          2.133%

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  • We will start processing Jobs for 1/22/12 in late December.  


    An interim version of the software would be released to customers that would run a dual postal rate platform and use the date of the drop to determine which rate table to use for the postage statements.

    • Thank you for your comments and suggestions.  However, given all of the changes coming in January beyond just the new rates, like a new Mail.dat format, CoMail updates, reclassifying products, etc-we cannot complete a quality release in mid-December.
      To provide some further background on where things are at within the USPS pipeline, they can change things up to December 12th for the Rate Case and then it would take us time to incorporate and validate those changes.  As a last part of the unknown, their final rates are not published until December 23!
      Rest assured that we plan to provide you with software as early in January as possible that meets all of the USPS rates, updates, and requirements.