Postal Service Announces Two New Shipping Initiatives

The Postal Service™ has announced that its Board of Governors approved the following two new shipping ini­tiatives to grow its shipping business and revenue:

1. The new Priority Mail® Large Flat-Rate Box en­ables customers to ship 50 percent more than with the current flat-rate box. There will be a special ver­sion of the box for the military, and a $2 discount, if shipped to an Army Post Office or Fleet Post Office (APO/FPO) address. In addition, the box may be used for both domestic and international shipping.

2. The Postal Service will establish a $12.50 premium for Sunday and holiday delivery of Express Mail® items. The premium reflects the higher costs of deliv­ering on Sundays and holidays, when Post Offic­es™ are usually closed. As a lower-cost alternative, customers who do not need Sunday or holiday delivery may instead opt to have Express Mail items delivered on Monday or the next business day after the holiday at the regular Express Mail price.

The Postal Service will continue to offer the original Pri­ority Mail Flat-Rate Boxes, which currently retail domesti­cally for $8.95.

The prices for the new Priority Mail Large Flat-Rate Boxes take effect on March 3, 2008. The Sunday and holi­day delivery premium also takes effect on March 3, 2008.