The Postal Service has not met our First-Class Mail service targets in eight years, which is due to both unattainable service standards and a lack of operational precision. By adjusting First-Class Mail service standards by one or two days for certain mail, we can move First-Class Mail from air transportation, which is costly and unreliable, to ground transportation. This will improve the reliability and predictability of service for customers, while reducing expenses. This will also require adjustments to the service standards for end-to-end Periodicals, which travel with First-Class Mail.
Most First-Class Mail (61 percent) and Periodicals (93 percent) will be unaffected. First-Class Mail traveling within a local area will continue to be delivered in two days, and most First-Class Mail (70 percent) will continue to be delivered within three days.
Before the First-Class Mail service change is implemented, the Postal Service will request an advisory opinion from the PRC and solicit comments through a rulemaking proceeding in the Federal Register. Further details about the implementation date will be provided through those processes.