US Postal Service adding 'Peak Season' Surcharges Oct 3 to Dec 26,2021

September 04, 2021 Yoko Lewis


We just learned that the US Postal Service (USPS) announced an increase in shipping costs during what they call "Holiday Peak Season". This will affect our USA customers selecting First Class (Packages),Priority Mail, Express Mail, and Parcel Post Select. It will NOT affect any international shipments. This begins October 3 and ends December 26, 2021.

We have relatively new Fed Ex Ground and United Parcel Service Ground rates available and in most zip codes (especially West Coast USA) savings can be as much as 40% cheaper than USPS. At present the new UPS rate does not reflect in our cart during checkout, we refund the difference after the shipment. Any questions, please contact us via contact tab or email HERE.


If you order during that time, and choose USPS Priority, we will use the cheaper UPS Ground UNLESS you tell us you want only the USPS Priority mail. We will of course refund any difference. To see the full details below is the start of the USPS August 10, 2021 notice:

August 10, 2021: U.S. Postal Service Announces Proposed Temporary Rate Adjustments for 2021 Peak Holiday Season

WASHINGTON - The United States Postal Service filed notice today with the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) regarding a temporary price adjustment for key package products for the 2021 peak holiday season. This temporary rate adjustment is similar to one in 2020 that anticipated heightened peak-season package and shipping demand, which typically results in extra handling costs.
The planned peak-season pricing, which was approved by the Governors of the Postal Service on Aug. 5, would affect prices on commercial and retail domestic competitive parcels – Priority Mail Express (PME), Priority Mail (PM), First-Class Package Service (FCPS), Parcel Select, USPS Retail Ground, and Parcel Return Service. International products would be unaffected. Pending favorable review by the PRC, the temporary rates would go into effect at 12:00 a.m., Central Time, on Oct. 3, 2021, and remain in place until 12:00 a.m., Central Time, Dec. 26, 2021.... For full rates and zone information, see the full notice HERE.

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