SPECIAL NOTICE: PRC Remands Proposed Price Adjustments to USPS

The Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) issue Order 2378 today stating, “As currently proposed, prices for the Standard Mail, Periodicals, and Package Services classes (due to be implemented on April 26th) do not comply with certain statutory and regulatory requirements and are therefore remanded to the Postal Service for further action.”

 

Highlights:

  • The Commission determines that the unequal …

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