U.S. Postal Service delivery will be getting slower and more expensive just in time for the holidays, NPR reported Tuesday night.
USPS on Friday will begin implementing “new service standards” for first-class mail and periodicals that will slow target delivery time by about 30%, spokesperson Kim Frum told NPR.
Some changes will result in increased time for certain pieces of mail going cross-country and other long distances, said Frum, who added that 61% of first-class mail and 93% of periodicals will not be affected by the changes.
Frum told NPR that single-piece first-class mail traveling in the same region will continue to have a two-day delivery time. First-class packages, though, will be impacted by the new standards.
USPS also will temporarily increase prices on all “commercial and retail domestic packages” from Oct. 3-Dec. 26, Frum said.
International products will not be affected by the price increases.
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