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Dist. Directions Issue 16: Exigent Rate, Standard Mail Increase, APO/FPO Military Mail and Meeting Service Delivery Requirements | Print |  E-mail
Monday, August 23, 2010

UPDATE: Exigent Rate Filing

The Affordable Mail Alliance – a growing coalition of nearly 1,000 non-profits, Fortune 500 companies, small businesses, major trade associations, consumer groups and citizens representing most of the mail sent in the United States – welcomed Senator Susan Collins’ (R-ME) submission of formal comments to the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC).

The comments urge the PRC to dismiss the United States Postal Service’s plan to increase rates by ten times the rate of inflation.

Senator Collins is the ranking Republican on the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, and a key author of the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act of 2006 (PAEA). Her official comments reject the Postal Service’s claim that its circumstances are “extraordinary or exceptional” enough to allow raising prices faster than inflation under the 2006 law. “As the Author of the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act of 2006, which grants the Postal Service the limited authority to file an exigent rate case, I want to make the congressional intent regarding the provision completely unambiguous as the language nor the legislative history of the PAEA authorizes the United States Postal Service to file an exigent rate case under the current circumstances,” Collins wrote in her official comments to the PRC.

Source: Affordable Mail Alliance


USPS Reports Standard Mail Increase

The US Postal Service reported a 4.2% year-over-year increase in Standard Mail for the third quarter of its fiscal year, indicating advertising mail has rebounded for the second straight quarter.

It marked one piece of good news in an otherwise difficult quarter for the USPS. The Postal Service posted a net loss in the quarter of $3.5 billion, bringing its total loss year-to-date to $5.4 billion. Total mail volume, which includes First Class Mail, Standard Mail and Periodicals, dropped about 700 million pieces in the third quarter, bringing the total decline in mail volume for the year to a loss of 6.6 billion pieces. The USPS does not expect to see growth in First Class Mail for the foreseeable future.

The Postal Service expects to lose about $7 billion this fiscal year if Congress does not pass legislation that would adjust the payment schedule for its retiree health care fund. More than three-quarters of that expected net loss is due to the $5.5 billion payment the USPS must make to the fund on September 30, the final day of its fiscal year.

Source: DMNews


How USPS Delivers APO/FPO Military Mail

A formal agreement between USPS and the Department of Defense (DOD) covers the procedures to make sure U.S. troops serving overseas get their mail.

In February 1980, DOD created the Military Postal Service Agency (MPSA). An extension of USPS, the Military Postal Service (MPS) maintains and operates military Post Offices at locations outside the United States.

Most overseas military mail originating in the U.S. is handled the same as international mail. USPS sends military mail to one of its four International Service Centers (ISCs) in New York, Miami, Chicago and Los Angeles. From the ISC, mail is shipped to an international airport that serves a military Post Office. The National Distribution Center in New Jersey aswell as the New Jersey L&DC and the Oakland P&DC also sort and dispatch military mail. A special contract facility in Newark, NJ, processes and dispatches warzone mail.

The contents of mail addressed to military and diplomatic Post Offices are subject to certain conditions or restrictions which appear in the pull-out section of every Postal Bulletin. For more information about military mail, click here.


How well is USPS doing to meet its service delivery commitments?

With the new Service Delivery Calculator (SDC), the Postal Service will soon have more accurate and timely answers to this critical question. SDC is a tool USPS and its customers soon will use to more accurately document service commitments, standards and actual delivery dates for all domestic mail classes.

Source: USPS News Link

 
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