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New prices to be introduced by USPS

Rachel Wheeler

November 10, 2009

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The United States Postal Service (USPS) is to introduce new prices that could benefit Priority Mail customers and people packing parcels more efficiently.

The cost of domestic Priority Mail Flat Rate Envelopes is to be reduced by five cents from January, meaning the service can be used for just $4.90.

In addition, Priority Mail customers shipping large volumes of commercial mail will be subject to cubic volume-based pricing, meaning lower prices will be charged for parcels that are packaged in a way that maximizes the use of available space.

Robert Bernstock, president of mailing and shipping services, said: "With these new offerings, the Postal Service is reinforcing the value of Priority Mail as the right product at the right time."

Online prices for Priority Mail will be around 5.7 per cent less than in post offices as an extra incentive to get customers using the internet service.

In other news, USPS customers have been advised not to use a ZIP Code if they are not completely sure they have the right one, according to GazetteXtra.com.
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