Mail delivery is about to get permanently slower and more expensive

Mail delivery is about to get permanently slower and more expensive

The US Postal Service announces delays in some services beginning in October.

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The United States Postal Service (USPS) goes ahead with an unpopular plan to delay and make some mail deliveries more expensive.

Beginning Friday, the U.S. Postal Service will begin “Implement new service standards” for first-class mail and periodicals, which it will delay your delivery time by about 30%said USPS spokesman Kim Frum, to NPR.

According to Frum, some of the changes will result in a increased time for some pieces of mail to cross the country or travel other long distances, probably with an increase of a day or two to delivery.

However, he said that 61% of first-class mail and 93% of periodicals will not be affected by these changes.

The one piece first class mail (smaller and lighter mail) traveling in the same region it will still have a two-day lead time, Frum said.

First-class packages, however, will be affected by the new standards from Friday.

In addition, from October 3 to December 26, the postal service temporarily increase the prices of all “commercial and retail domestic packages” due to the season of Christmas. Raising postage rates is part of the effort to increase USPS revenue.

Price increases will not affect international products.

The changes are part of the 10-year strategic plan of the Postal Service announced by the general director of Correos Louis DeJoy last March. “The need for the US Postal Service to transform to meet the needs of our customers has been around for a long time,” DeJoy said in announcing the plan.

In August, the Postal Service announced that its standard for first-class mail delivery was met 83.6% of the time during the quarter ending June 30, compared to its performance of 88.9% during the same period in 2020.

The Postal Service also reported a loss of $ 3 billion for the quarter ended June 30, compared to $ 2.2 billion a year earlier.