U.S. Postal Service Wants To Charge You More To Ship Packages During The 2021 Holidays


The U.S. Postal Service is proposing to make businesses and individuals pay more to ship packages during the holiday season, coinciding with USPS delivery changes that will slow down some first-class mail.

Key Facts

Under the proposal, customers can expect to pay from 25 cents more for packages up to 10 pounds, up to as much as $5 more for packages weighing between 21 and 70 pounds.

The additional fees would be added to packages shipped between Oct. 3 and Dec. 26.

The USPS started charging more for packages sent by retailers and large shipping companies last year, adding surcharges ranging between 24 cents and $1.50 per package.

Starting Oct. 1, USPS plans to begin slowing down delivery of some first-class mail as part of its strategic plan to cut costs.

The plan still needs to be approved by the Postal Regulatory Commission.

Forbes has reached out to the U.S. Postal Service for comment.

Crucial Quote

“These temporary rates will keep the Postal Service competitive while providing the agency with the revenue to cover extra costs in anticipation of peak-season volume surges similar to levels experienced in 2020,” the U.S. Postal Service said in announcing the proposal.

Key Background

Last year, the holiday surcharge on commercial packages helped USPS turn a small profit during the fourth quarter. United Parcel Service and FedEx also charge extra for packages sent by individuals during the holiday season. Last year, FedEx’s holiday fees for packages ranged from $2 to $5 and UPS’ fees were up to $4 per package, according to Business Insider.

Big Number

7.3 billion. That’s the volume of packages that USPS shipped in 2020, up from about 6.2 billion in 2019.

Further Reading

Controversial USPS Plan To Slow The Mail Slammed By Postal Regulator (Forbes)

Louis DeJoy Unveils Major Postal Service Changes That Could Make Mail Delivery Slower (Forbes)