USPS proposes shipping fee increase to Amazon
The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) wants Amazon to pay 9 to 12 percent more for its shipping services.
According to CNBC, the USPS proposed a 9.3 percent increase on this service for packages weighing over one pound and a 12.3 percent increase on lighter packages.
The recommendation comes after President Donald Trump issued an executive order in April to set up a task force to look at how to improve the postal service, claiming that it was on an “on an unsustainable financial path and must be restructured to prevent a taxpayer-funded bailout.”
A USPS spokesperson said these proposed changes are not a response to Trump’s criticism.
“The price increases reflect the best judgment of the Postal Service Governors, who are seeking to establish new rates that will keep the Postal Service competitive, while also providing the Postal Service with much needed revenue,” the spokesperson said.
The USPS also proposed a 3.9 percent increase on priority mail express, a 5.9 percent increase on priority mail and a 10 percent increase on first-class stamps.
These changes, if approved by regulators, will go into effect on Jan. 27, 2019.