USPS Is Adding Surcharges for 2020 Holiday Shipping Season
We are all accustomed to holiday surcharges with the major carriers, but for the first time in history, USPS has decided to implement price increases for the holidays. The surcharges will go into effect on October 18th through December 27th.
The U.S. Postal Service is increasing rates from $.24 to $1.50 depending on the types of packages being sent. First Class Mail, Priority Mail including Flat Rate Envelopes/Boxes and Regional Rate Boxes will all be affected by the increase as well as Parcel Select/Retail Ground. Priority Mail Express will see the highest increase at $1.50 a package.
The idea is that the surcharges will help offset some of the costs that will come from the holiday demand and expected increases in shipping due to COVID. Nonprofits, individuals, and businesses who use online tools to create their labels will see the increase in pricing, however, they will still save money by creating labels online. The postal retail locations will not pass along the surcharges, but the rate will still be higher than creating labels online.
Shipthrifty’s discounted prices will automatically include the temporary rate changes and suspend them when they are lifted beginning December 28, 2020.