Postal regulators in the United States have given the green light to Postal Service price changes planned to take effect from 26 April, 2015.
The American Postal Workers Union has begun contract negotiations with the US Postal Service for the first time in four and a half years.
The US Postal Service is still in a "deep financial hole" despite achieving record volumes during its peak season.
UPS has announced plans to add extra surcharges to residential package prices to help it deal with the extra costs of handling huge volumes during the festive period.
The new US Postmaster General has pledged to "invest in the future of the Postal Service" as the pace of change accelerates in the delivery business.
The US Postal Service has proposed a 3.4% average price increase for its competitive shipping products from April 26, 2015.
The US Postal Service is seeking regulatory approval for a near-2% increase in its prices for monopoly services for business customers.
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