Two new shipping initiatives approved

Larger Priority Mail Flat-Rate Box.The Board of Gover­nors has approved two new initiatives to grow our shipping business and revenue. A new, larger Priority Mail Flat-Rate Box enables cus­tomers to ship 50 per­cent more than with the current box. It will be offered at a discount to overseas mil­itary addresses — a postal first for the armed forces. USPS also announced a new Sunday and holiday delivery price for Express Mail. Customers can begin using the new flat-rate boxes March 3, the same day the Express Mail pre­mium takes effect.

The new Priority Mail Large Flat-Rate Box is 12" x 12" x 5.5" and can be used for both domestic and international shipments. This extends the flat-rate price and ease-of-use benefits to international shippers. There’s also a 5 percent online discount for international use.

There will be a special version of the box for the military, with a $2 discount, if it’s shipped to an Army Post Office or Fleet Post Office (APO/FPO) address. The larger flat-rate box will sell for $12.95 to domestic addresses and $10.95 to APO/FPO addresses. Internationally, it’s $29.95 to Can­ada or Mexico and $49.95 to all other countries.

The Governors also approved a $12.50 premium for Sunday and holiday Express Mail delivery. The premium price — equal to competitor surcharges for Saturday delivery — reflects the unique delivery option that only the Postal Service provides on Sundays. As an alternative to Sunday, customers can choose Monday delivery at the standard Express Mail price.