Last month, USPS filed a request with the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) to increase certain prices on its First-Class Mail Parcels services, weighing between 1-3 ounces. And USPS got the greenlight yesterday to go ahead with the proposed rates.
The USPS requested this rate increase because it would like to correct an unusual scenario caused by the rates change in January. We believe you have noted that in some cases, it is cheaper to bring packages to the post office than printing postage online.
As approved by the PRC, the following new rate will go into effect on August 28, 2016:
1-3 ounces First-Class Mail Parcel Retail
This means online retailers who ship lightweight packages (less than 3 ounces) regularly through USPS retail could be impacted by almost 7% increase in rates after August 28.
ebay and Amazon have informed their sellers of the rate change.
“We are negotiating with the USPS to offer the lowest rates possible, and will continue to provide discounted rates via eBay labels whenever possible.” eBay made an announcement last week.
“We are giving sellers an early heads-up to make sure they have the latest on anything that might affect their business.” Amazon seller forum discussed this issue.
For more information on this rate increase, please refer to the Notice of Price Adjustment.