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On November 9, 2017, the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) approved the proposed price changes for USPS competitive products and market dominant products. These approved rate changes will take effect on Jan. 21, 2018.

The new rates represent a 1.9 percent increase over the current prices for mailing, or “Market Dominant” products, and a 3.9 percent increase for shipping, or “competitive” products.

There’s mixed news for USPS Marketing Mail (formerly “Standard Mail”). While the overall increase for letters is only 1.97 percent, the increases for flats and parcels are higher at 2.118 percent and 2.768 percent respectively.

The average percent increase proposed for each broad Market Dominant mailing class follows:

1.905 – First-Class Mail
1.908 – Marketing Mail
1.924 – Periodicals
1.960 – Package Services
1.986 – Special Services

And drilling down into the classes that are most pertinent to magazine publishers, here’s what you’ll see:

First-Class Mail
2.056 – Single-piece letters/postcards
1.585 – Presort letters/postcards
0.443 – Flats
0.000 – Outbound single-piece first-class mail international
21.902 – Inbound letter post
1.905 – OVERALL

USPS Marketing Mail
1.970 – Letters
2.118 – Flats
2.768 – Parcels
2.378 – High density / saturation letters
1.086 – High density / saturation flats and parcels
2.031 – Carrier route
0.565 – Every door direct mail – retail
1.908 – OVERALL

Periodicals
1.927 – Outside county
1.835 – Within county
1.924 – OVERALL

For more details and additional rates, see PRC Issues Order Approving Rate Increases for Market Dominant Products on the PRC website.

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