In a release from the US Postal Customer Council, it has been announced that the Governors of the U.S. Postal Service have decided not to seek a price change for mail and shipping products and services in January 2015. This means that the current pricing of postal products and services will remain in effect through the holiday season and early part of 2015. So it looks like postage costs and postal rates for 2015 will remain the same.
It is possible that the USPS could wait until later in the year to request a postage increase, so we’re not out of the woods, yet. The Consumer Price Index could go higher than the 1.3 – 1.5% that it looks like would be if the USPS chose to increase in January. The price of a stamp for 2015 will also remain the same if this rings true.
The USPS received the approval of Exigent Price Increase of 4.3% that went into effect in January, 2014 until they recouped their $3 billion in losses. If the USPS appeal to the PRC is upheld, that increase might remain in effect. But if the USPS loses the appeal, we could see a drop, although maybe temporary, of the 4.3% that was tacked on in exigency.
Keep your fingers crossed…