Postage Rate Cuts Announced

Feb. 25, 2016 update

USPS just announced that postage will be coming down on Sunday, April 10, 2016, as the 4.3 percent exigent surcharge is removed and rates are returned to the Consumer Price Index-capped levels. USPS news release here.


It is all but official now. Postal rates are expected to be rolled back about 4.1% sometime in April. This will mark the conclusion of a long standing contest with the USPS that wanted to make the increase allowed during the Great Recession for loss of business a permanent rate. Most mailers, including EPA and ACP, argued the rate should be temporary. After the Postal Regulatory Commission and two court cases sided with mailers, USPS announced it will roll back rates sometime in April barring any last minute intervention by Congress.

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Submitted by Bob Terry, editor of The Alabama Baptist and Mailers Technical Advisory Committee (MTAC) representative on behalf of the Coalition of Religious Press Associations (CRPA).

Posted February 9, 2016