USPS Pushes Back Changes To First Class Package Service

Liz Morton ~ Founder
Liz Morton ~ Founder


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USPS has pushed back the effective date for planned changes to First Class package service.

The changes were originally announced in July with a proposed effective date of January 8, 2023 and would simplify three of the USPS ground shipping options into one: Retail Ground and Parcel Select Ground will be incorporated into one enhanced First-Class Package Service product.

Package shipping | USPS News Link

USPS has announced changes to expand its First-Class Package Service product.

The changes will simplify three of the USPS ground shipping options into one: Retail Ground and Parcel Select Ground will be incorporated into one enhanced First-Class Package Service product.

“We are improving service and simplifying product offerings for our customers,” said Postmaster General Louis DeJoy. “By upgrading the customer experience and optimizing our package processing and surface transportation networks, we are becoming the best option in the industry.”

USPS filed the classification changes with the Postal Regulatory Commission on July 12. Assuming a timely and favorable review by the commission, the Postal Service plans to implement the changes on Jan. 8, 2023.

The changes are in keeping with the Delivering for America 10-year plan to achieve financial stability and service excellence, defined as meeting or exceeding 95 percent on-time delivery across all product categories.

However, the effective date has now been pushed back to sometime later in 2023. An exact date has not been given but the Postal Service will give at least 30 days notice before the changes go into effect.

First-Class Package Service | USPS News Link

The Postal Service has filed with the Postal Regulatory Commission to change the effective date for certain proposed classification changes designed to enhance and expand the First-Class Package Service product.

The changes were scheduled to be implemented on Jan. 8, 2023 — assuming a favorable review by the commission in 2022. However, following a vote by the Postal Service governors, USPS is now planning for a later effective date in 2023.

While no new date has yet been established, the Postal Service will provide 30 days’ notice before the changes go into effect.

The changes are in keeping with the Delivering for America 10-year plan to achieve financial stability and service excellence, defined as meeting or exceeding 95 percent on-time delivery across all product categories.

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