October 18, 2017
    Proposed 2018 mail rates have nonprofit mail taking another hit

    Alert by Alliance of Nonprofit Mailers

    10/12/2017

    Reprinted from the Alliance of Nonprofit Mailers

    The U.S. Postal Service filed notice with the Postal Regulatory Commission this week of price changes to take effect Jan. 21. The new prices, if approved, include a one cent increase in the price of a First-Class Mail Forever stamp from 49 cents to 50 cents.

    Postcard stamps and metered letters would also have a one cent increase. Today’s filing does not include any price change for single-piece letters being mailed to international destinations or for additional ounces for letters.

    The proposed prices would raise Mailing Services product prices approximately 1.9 percent, and most Shipping Services products will average a 3.9 percent price increase. While Mailing Services price increases are limited based on the Consumer Price Index, Shipping Services prices are adjusted strategically, according to market conditions and the need to maintain affordable services for customers.

    Here is more detail on nonprofit rates provided by USPS. You can see that nonprofit drop-shipped marketing mail letters will take another hit. This is because USPS recalculated the pass-through of their cost-savings from work-sharing, and found it to be above 100 percent. They are bringing it down to 100 percent in stages, starting with 2017 rates. Unfortunately, this goes against all the work that mailers and their service providers have done to assist the USPS by sorting and dropping mail closer to its destination. 

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