PRC reviews US postal rate making system

The US postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) is to begin its review of the system for regulating rates and classes for ‘Market Dominant’ products that was first established back in 2006.

Under US law the PRC has to review the rate system every ten years after the date of enactment of the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act to determine whether the regulations achieve the objectives of that Congress established.

The PRC has released a statement about its review, that said: “If the Commission finds that the objectives, taking into account the factors, are not being met, it has the authority to either propose rules that modify the system or adopt an alternative system to achieve the objectives. Order No. 3673 outlines the parameters and timing by which the Commission will complete its review.”

The PRC’s review of the rate making system will, amongst other things, look at:

·         The annual limitation on the percentage changes in rates

·         The schedule for rate changes

·         The 45-day notice before the implementation of rate adjustments

·         Expedited rate changes due to extraordinary or exceptional circumstances

·         Class level application of the annual limitation

·         The rounding of rates and fees

·         The use of unused rate authority

·         Worksharing discounts

The PRC added: “Comments are due no later than March 20, 2017. Reply comments will not be accepted. The Commission has placed a link entitled, “10 Year Rate System Review” on the homepage of its website,, to simplify comment filing for members of the general public.

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