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Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) Orders Exigency Surcharge Removed

purple heart forever stampOn April 10th, the 4.3% surcharge is to be reversed. This is after the United States Postal Service (USPS) collected surcharges totaling $4.6 billion.

Postmaster General & CEO Megan Brennan expressed disappointment, noting that the surcharge “only partially alleviated our extreme multi-year revenue declines resulting from the Great Recession, which exceeded $7 billion in 2009 alone….Our current pricing regime is unworkable and should be replaced with a system that provides greater pricing flexibility and better reflects the economic challenges facing the Postal Service.”

Source: 2016-02-25 Exigent Removal Notice

The surcharge removal means these First-Class Mail prices will be adjusted to the following:

                                                                                Current               Mandated Reduction          

  • Letters (1 oz.)                                                49 cents                                 47 cents
  • Letters additional ounces                           22 cents                                 21 cents
  • Letters to all international destinations  $1.20                                      $1.15
  • Postcards                                                        35 cents                                 34 cents

Commercial prices will also decrease. A complete listing of the new prices, effective April 10, is available at www.usps.com.