The Postal Regulatory Commission is reviewing proposed increases in postage rates submitted by the USPS on October 11.  The requested increases will impact both nonprofit and for-profit mailers.

If approved, the rates will become effective on January 27, 2013.

A nonprofit mailer with an automated, 3-digit sorted letter will experience a 4.05 percent increase, with the rate per piece increasing to $0.154 from $0.148.  Similarly, a for-profit mailer with the same letter will experience a 2.31 percent rate increase with that rate increasing to $0.266 from $0.26 per piece.

It is important to note that the Postal Regulatory Commission has the authority to approve rate increases which do not exceed the rate of inflation, which is 2.6 percent presently.  The overall price increase across all submitted rates exceeds this ceiling and, according to the law, will also require Congressional approval.

We’ve put together a complete 2013 Proposed Postage Rate Chart, so you can see all the rate changes.

Now, more than ever, it’s important for all mailers to use as many creative delivery strategies as possible to maximize every postal savings opportunity.  Postal logistics is your solution to preserving your postal budget, regardless of changes made to the rates.  Plus, you’ll have greater control of transit times and be able to track the progress of your mail campaign delivery.

If we can answer any questions, or if you’d like to explore how postal logistics can help, let us complete a Complimentary Postage Analysis.  We save our clients as much as 12 percent on postage costs.