Anticipated USPS Rate Change – January 2018


Back in June, we posted that the USPS had stated they planned to file a rate change for January 2018. More details are now available.

The USPS VP of Pricing and Costing, Sharon Owens, shared pricing signals at the August 2017 MTAC Open Session. The Postal Service plans to file rates this fall. It is anticipated to have an implementation date of January 21, 2018.

The increase will be in the 2% range, with most within 1% lower or higher. Nonprofit letters may see a higher increase.

No significant classification changes are planned, and most discount relationships would continue.

The rate filing approach was approved by James Bilbray prior to his departure from the Board of Governors. No USPS promotions were approved as part of that process. The USPS is not allowed to extend the current promotions or move forward with proposed ones until they have at least one governor. There are individuals under review for the open positions, but there is not definitive timeline.

The USPS anticipates that both market dominant and competitive rate changes will be effective at the same time.

MTAC is the Post Master General’s Mailers’ Technical Advisory Committee. It is a venue for the United States Postal Service (Postal Service) to share technical information with mailers, and to receive their advice and recommendations on matters concerning mail-related products and services, in order to enhance customer value and expand the use of these products and services for the mutual benefit of Mailing Industry stakeholders and the Postal Service.