Postmaster General and USPS CEO Louis DeJoy shocked the shipping industry with his September announcement: “We have been planning early and leveraging investments in our people, infrastructure, transportation and technology made possible by the Delivering for America plan. And with no holiday surcharges, we are strongly positioned to be America’s most affordable delivery provider this holiday season.”
At a time when other carriers were increasing shipping fees and imposing surcharges, USPS pledged to “deliver another successful holiday season of outstanding service” without peak season surcharges.
The news seemed too good to be true. And although USPS will have a surcharge-free holiday season, it has just released its 2024 rate hikes on services similar to UPS and FedEx’s most popular offerings. In today’s blog post, we’ll share the United States Postal Service’s published rate increases, compare similar services by FedEx and UPS, and what this means for you.
Last week, the United States Postal Service filed new rate changes with the Postal Regulatory Commission. These rate hikes come after two rate adjustments in 2023, part of Postmaster DeJoy’s profitability plan, which runs through 2030, and after USPS announced a $6.5 billion loss for the 12 months ending September 30.
The following changes will go into effect on January 21, 2024:
In the November 15 press release, USPS reminds readers that, unlike other carriers, it never adds surcharges for regular or residential Saturday delivery or fuel.
In July 2023, USPS replaced its First-Class, Retail Ground, and Parcel Select Ground shipping services with its new Ground Advantage shipping service. With free pickups along a delivery driver’s usual route, Ground Advantage offers insurance coverage up to $100 in declared value and tracking. This service delivers all packages within the continental US, up to 70 pounds, in two to five days, depending on location.
USPS Ground Advantage competes with FedEx Ground and UPS Ground. However, UPS and FedEx offer ground shipping for packages up to 150 pounds in one to five days. UPS and FedEx announced their 2024 general rates with an average net increase of 5.9% for ground services— a slightly higher increase than USPS.
As carriers battle for business, now is a great time to renegotiate your shipping contracts. ShipRx can assess your current contracts, determine areas where you’re paying too much, and help you reduce your rates. In fact, most of our clients lower their shipping costs by 20-30% or more.
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