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If it fits, it ships, says U.S. Postal Service

January 5, 2010
Lehigh Acres Citizen

Prices for Priority Mail, a product familiar across America through popular TV and online advertisements featuring Al the Letter Carrier, will change in January.

Postal customers can also look forward to several Priority Mail innovations. In a first for the shipping industry, the Postal Service is introducing cubic volume based pricing for large volume commercial Priority Mail shippers.

Customers who ship small dense, space-efficient packages will receive a financial incentive through a new, tiered pricing option. This encourages greener, more efficient shipping and is one more way the Postal Service is eco-friendly, postal officials said.

Other benefits for Priority Mail customers effective in January include a decrease in the domestic Priority Mail Flat Rate Envelope retail price from $4.95 to $4.90. The popular Priority Mail Small Flat Rate Box will continue to be one of the best consumer values in the domestic shipping market under $5. Its 2010 price will remain at $4.95.

Cubic volume-based pricing will not be the only first in January for customers who qualify to ship at Commercial Plus prices. A Priority Mail half-pound price, based on distance, will be added to the Commercial Plus pricing category, and, a new Priority Mail Flat Rate padded envelope measuring 9.5 x 12.5 inches will be available exclusively for Commercial Plus shippers, the Postal Service said. This envelope is specially designed for jewelry, electronics and other delicate goods.

Prices for first-class mail, standard mail, parcel post and other mailing services products will not change in 2010, with the cost of a first-class mail stamp remaining at 44 cents.

For more information about purchasing stamps, stamps by mail, postal regulations, a free subscription to USA Philatelic magazine, Post Office events, the location of the nearest postal store or contract unit, or for answers to your specific Postal Service questions, contact USPS at 1-800-275-8777, or visit To schedule a presentation for your community, club or group on how the Postal Service brings the Post Office to your home or office computer, call 239-573-9638.



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