How Will the 2018 USPS Rate Increases Affect Publishers and Marketers?

USPS 2018 Rate Increase
BY DOMINIQUE SCANLAN

Effective January 21, 2018 the United States Postal Service (USPS) will increase mail and shipping rates across the board. Publishers and marketers who utilize mailing services will be affected by these changes.

The USPS is not alone in its price increase for 2018. According to the Pitney Bowes blog, FedEx and UPS both announced an average shipping rate increase of 4.9 percent. In comparison, the USPS is still a competitive and cost-saving option.

USPS Suspends Mail Service to Guatemala

The United States Postal Service has temporarily suspended most mail services to Guatemala. This suspension affects Priority Mail Express International® (PMEI®), Priority Mail International® (PMI®), and First-Class Mail International® (FCMI), First-Class Package International Service® (FCPIS®), International Priority Airmail® (IPA®) International Surface Air Lift® (ISAL®), and M-Bag® items. The Global Express Guaranteed® (GXG®) service is still available.

The suspension is due to a contract dispute between the Guatemalan government and the country’s postal agency, El Correo de Guatemala.

While this suspension is temporary, the USPS has not announced when a resolution might come. Allen Press will begin removing Guatemalan addresses from print production mailing lists effective immediately. For more information, please contact your Account Manager or email us at marketing@allenpress.com.