USPS 2020 Holiday Surcharge

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September 17, 2020

For ecommerce businesses, the holiday season is generally a time of increased sales volume, stress, and telling your parents “Hopefully we’ll be able to fly in by Christmas Eve!” This year, however, ecommerce volume has outpaced its own projections by 4-6 years. While this is largely good news for merchants, there has not been the broader support needed to accommodate for this larger volume. From supply chain shortages to social distancing measures to underfunded and under-staffed postal carriers, merchants and customers alike are experiencing delays and additional charges and challenges with each transaction. As such, the USPS has announced for the first time ever a holiday surcharge. This is not to be confused with their annual rate increase that usually happens at the tail end of the holiday season/beginning of the year. Instead, this is a temporary rate hike that the USPS has announced serves to cater to the increased demand for ecommerce order volume and additional expenses resulting from COVID-19. The USPS’s mission to deliver to every American address with minimal profit margins has made it difficult to function as it was initially designed. Luckily, these rate increases are temporary and not too steep. 

USPS Rate Increase

The planned price increase is planned to start Oct.18, 2020, and will remain in place until Dec. 27, 2020. 

Service

Proposed increase 

Parcel Select Lightweight

$0.24

First Class Package Commercial

$0.25

Priority Mail Commercial

$0.40

Parcel Select Ground

$0.40

Parcel Select DSCF

$0.40

Parcel Select DNDC

$0.40

Priority Mail Express Commercial

$1.50

USPS Priority Flat Rate Increase

 

Service

Proposed increase 

Flat Rate Envelopes

$0.40

Legal Flat Rate Envelope

$0.40

Padded Flat Rate Envelope

$0.40

Small Flat Rate Box

$0.40

Medium Flat Rate Boxes

$0.40

Large Flat Rate Boxes

$0.40

APO/FPO/DPO Large
Flat Rate Box

$0.40

 

2020 Holiday Shipping Deadlines

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