Here’s an Overview of the Key Changes
Have you heard the news? The Postal Regulatory Commission has approved a price change for the Postal Service, effective on Jan. 27, 2019. There will be new prices for all products and extra services, and customers will need to use updated postage statements reflecting the new prices.
While changes to prices and postage statements are effective Jan. 27, 2019, the PostalOne! system will have a software release 14 days before to enable mailers to begin uploading new postage statements for mailings that will drop after the effective date. Plant-verified drop shipment mailings will be verified and accepted as follows:
- Current Prices – PVDS mailings verified and paid for on or before Jan. 26, 2019, using the current prices, will be accepted at destination facilities through Monday, Feb. 11, 2019 when presented using eInduction or eVS processes or with appropriate verification and payment documentation (PS Form 8125 or 8017).
- New Prices – PVDS mailings may be verified and paid for beginning Jan. 13, 2019, using the new prices, provided the shipments, when presented using eInduction or eVS processes or with appropriate verification and payment documentation (PS form 8125 or 8017), are not deposited as destination entry postal facilities before Jan. 27, 2019.
There are some broader changes in pricing for package shippers. First-Class Package Services will move from a weight-based to a zone and weight-based pricing structure with the Jan. 27, 2019 change. The application of dimensional weight pricing for all zones for Priority Mail, Priority Mail Express, and Parcel Select has been deferred until June 23, 2019. Additionally, the USPS dimensional weight divisor will remain at 194; however, on June 23, 2019, this will change to 166.
For more information about these changes, download the fact sheet here.