August 20, 2018
The report of the President’s Task Force on the Postal Service is overdue. It was supposed to come out on August 10th, but for some reason the administration has delayed making it public, and there’s no word yet on when it will be released.
In the meantime, Amazon and other stakeholders in the Package Coalition aren’t waiting around to see what the Task Force has to say. They have already begun lobbying Congress to prevent a rate hike on parcels and to counter any move toward privatizing the nation’s postal system.
The Postal Service raises prices on shipping services every year. Over the past ten years, rates on Priority Mail — which includes the popular Flat Rate Boxes — have gone up an average of 4.2 percent annually (as seen in this table shared with the PRC). For Parcel Select — the low-cost, workshared Ground product that’s used for last-mile delivery by Amazon, FedEx (SmartPost), and UPS (SurePost) — rates have gone up an average of 6 percent a year.
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