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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