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U.S. Postal Service Announces Proposed Temporary Rate Adjustments for 2021 Peak Holiday Season

Written by Michelle Toivonen

WASHINGTON - The United States Postal Service filed notice today with the Postal Regulatory

Commission (PRC) regarding a temporary price adjustment for key package products for the 2021 peak

holiday season. This temporary rate adjustment is similar to one in 2020 that anticipated heightened

peak-season package and shipping demand, which typically results in extra handling costs.

The planned peak-season pricing, which was approved by the Governors of the Postal Service on Aug.

5, would affect prices on commercial and retail domestic competitive parcels – Priority Mail Express

(PME), Priority Mail (PM), First-Class Package Service (FCPS), Parcel Select, USPS Retail Ground, and

Parcel Return Service. International products would be unaffected. The temporary rates would go into

effect at 12:00 a.m., Central Time, on Oct. 3, 2021, and remain in place until 12:00 a.m., Central Time,

Dec. 26, 2021.

This seasonal adjustment will bring prices for the Postal Service’s commercial and retail customers in line

with competitive practices. No structural changes are planned as part of this limited pricing initiative.

“Delivering for America,” the Postal Service’s 10-year plan for achieving financial sustainability and

service excellence, calls for appropriate pricing initiatives. The Postal Service has some of the lowest

mail postage rates in the industrialized world and continues to offer great value in shipping. These

temporary rates will keep the Postal Service competitive while providing the agency with the revenue to

cover extra costs in anticipation of peak-season volume surges similar to levels experienced in 2020. The

forecasted additional revenue from the time-limited increase will depend on the volume of packages

shipped between Oct. 3 and Dec. 26, 2021 – the period the Postal Service historically considers its

holiday peak season.


Priority Mail, Priority Mail Express, Parcel Select Ground, and USPS Retail Ground

  • $0.75 increase for PM and PME Flat Rate Boxes and Envelopes.
  • $0.25 increase for Zones 1-4, 0-10 lbs.
  • $0.75 increase for Zones 5-9, 0-10 lbs.
  • $1.50 increase for Zones 1-4, 11-20 lbs.
  • $3.00 increase for Zones 5-9, 11-20lbs.
  • $2.50 increase for Zones 1-4, 21-70 lbs.
  • $5.00 increase for Zones 5-9, 21-70 lbs.

Additional Products:


Download the USPS Announcement.



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