The Postal Regulatory Commission has approved new pricing for
USPS services, which will go into effect on January 22, 2012.
Mailing Services, also called Market Dominant products,
includes First-Class Mail, Standard Mail, Periodicals, Package
Services (i.e., Library Mail, Media Mail, Bound Printed Matter
and Parcel Post) and Extra Services such as Certified Mail
and Delivery Confirmation. Shipping Services (also known as
Competitive Products) will also change on January 22, but
those changes have not yet been announced. To that end, this
article will discuss potential changes that impact packages
within Mailing Services.

While actual percentage price increases for various products
and services varies, the overall average price increase
across all Mailing Services products is capped, per the Postal
Accountability and Enhancement Act (PAEA), at the rate of
inflation as measured by the Consumer Price Index rolling
average for 12 months, or 2.133 percent for this proposal.

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