U.S. Postal Service Launches New Limited Overland Routes Pricing Category In Alaska March 23

Standard Post pricing roll-back impacts many intra-Alaska shipments

March 20, 2014 

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WASHINGTON — The Postal Service’s new Limited Overland Routes (LOR) pricing category for customers in Alaska, who were disproportionately impacted by the recent Standard Postclassification and price changes, becomes effective Sunday, March 23.

“Limited Overland Routes re-establishes the same prices those customers enjoyed prior to the January 2014 price changes,” said the Postal Service’s Alaska District Manager Ron Haberman. “We are pleased the Postal Regulatory Commission responded favorably to our request for the price roll back, which will enable Alaskans to access goods at reasonable prices from a trusted shipper like the U.S. Postal Service.”

Only Standard Post items shipped within Alaska may be entitled to LOR pricing. Items must be shipped:

  • From any ZIP Code within Alaska to a ZIP Code on the LOR ZIP Code list; or
  • From a ZIP Code on the LOR ZIP Code list to any ZIP Code within Alaska.

For Zones 1 through 5, there is a new LOR price category under the Standard Post product. As of March 23, the prices will be available on Postal Explorer http://pe.usps.com, in the Price List (Notice 123) for manual lookup, and in the Postage Price Calculator http://postcalc.usps.com for automated calculation. Pricing for Zones 6 through 9 remains unchanged.

The LOR price category will follow the same Package Pickup and Pickup on Demand rules the Postal Service has today for Standard Post. Standard Post LOR prices are available for mailings to or from the LOR ZIP code list for:

  • Customers who present LOR items for mailing at a Post Office location or Self Service Kiosk; and
  • Customers who present metered LOR items to a Postal employee at a Post Office location, Processing Facility, or at any of the following authorized locations:
  • Approved shippers.
  • CMRAs (Commercial Mail Receiving Agencies).
  • Village Post Offices.

LOR pricing is not available for Click-N-Ship for Business, PC Postage, USPS Web Tools, or Commercial Mailers using a Permit Imprint or other type of postage payment method.

The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.

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