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Our Board of Governors approved two new shipping initiatives: a larger Priority Mail Flat-Rate Box, with a special discount for overseas military addresses; and a new Sunday and holiday delivery price for Express Mail. Both initiatives are effective March 3.
These are our first initiatives under the new pricing regulations in the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act. We filed notification [Priority Mail] | [Express Mail] with the Postal Regulatory Commission, in accordance with the new law, and we are publishing a notice in the Federal Register.
New Priority Mail Large Flat-Rate Box
The new Priority Mail Large Flat-Rate Box measures (12" X 12" X 5½") and holds 50 percent more than the current box. The new box can be used for both domestic and international shipments, and mailers can take advantage of the 5 percent discount for international shipments when postage is purchased online.
We will provide a special version of the box for the military, and a $2 discount, for shipments to an Army Post Office or Fleet Post Office (APO/FPO) address. The military box features the logo of "America Supports You," a Department of Defense-sponsored organization of nearly 300 home-front groups that send packages to troops overseas.
We'll continue to offer our original Priority Mail Flat-Rate boxes at the current domestic and international prices.
The Governors also approved a $12.50 premium for Sunday and holiday Express Mail delivery. The premium, equal to competitor surcharges for Saturday delivery, reflects the unique delivery option the Postal Service provides on Sundays and holidays. As an alternative to Sunday or holiday delivery, customers can choose the next normal business day delivery at the standard Express Mail price.