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USPS Is Raising Rates October 2, 2022

On October 2nd, the USPS is raising rates for packages sent by Priority Mail, First Class Package Service (FCPS), Parcel Select Ground, and USPS Retail Ground which will be in effect through mid-January.
Buyers/Sellers will pay an extra 75 cents for each package shipped via flat-rate Priority Mail during the holidays, according to today’s announcement from the USPS. But sellers will pay as much as $6.50 extra per package sent coast-to-coast via zone-based pricing via Priority Mail (up from $5 from the 2021 holiday rates) or up to an extra $5.50 per package sent via First-Class Package Service, Parcel Select Ground, and USPS Retail Ground, depending on the zone and the weight of the package. 

For example, a Priority Mail Small Flat Rate Box will jump from $8.25 to $9.00 if purchased online (Commercial Base).In another example, a one-pound package going to Zone 9 will cost $17.19 (Priority Mail, Commercial rate) during the holidays compared to $16.39 today (an increase of 80 cents).

Check out the holiday rates on the USPS website here.

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USPS International Service Disruptions as of August 2022

 

International Mail Service Suspensions

Updated: July 25, 2022

The Postal Service™ is temporarily suspending international mail acceptance for certain destinations due to impacts related to the COVID-19 pandemic and other unrelated service disruptions. Customers: please refrain from mailing items addressed to the countries listed here, until further notice.

Suspensions

Afghanistan

Cuba

Russia

Timor-Leste

Belarus

Laos

Samoa

Turkmenistan

Bhutan

Libya

Solomon Islands

Yemen

Brunei

Mongolia

South Sudan

 

Chad

Papua New Guinea

Syria

These service disruptions affect Priority Mail Express International® (PMEI), Priority Mail International® (PMI), First-Class Mail International® (FCMI), First-Class Package International Service® (FCPIS®), International Priority Airmail® (IPA®), International Surface Air Lift® (ISAL®), and M-Bag® items.

To See what other International service disruptions there are please visit the USPS Site here.

https://about.usps.com/newsroom/service-alerts/international/welcome.htm

 

Priority Mail Express International®

Effective October 25, 2021, due to airline travel restrictions and cancellations, the U.S. Postal Service has temporarily suspended the guarantee on Priority Mail Express International® to the following destinations:

Suspension of Priority Mail Express International Guarantee

Australia

Great Britain

Korea

Sweden

Canada

Hong Kong

New Zealand

Switzerland

China

Israel

Singapore

Thailand

France

Japan

Spain

 

These suspensions will be in effect until further notice. The Postal Service is taking all reasonable measures to minimize the impact on our customers.

 

 

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Shipping to Germany

Both eBay and Etsy have also advised sellers about another law that impacts sellers who ship to Germany: new packaging requirements. Etsy advised sellers of a new law going into effect in Germany: “This law states that if you ship to German buyers, you’ll need to register your tax ID and information with LUCID Packaging Register, the German government database. If you don’t register you may face fines up to €200,000 and a prohibition in sales, and your goods could possibly be confiscated during delivery.”

you can read more here: https://www.ecommercebytes.com/2022/06/07/regulations-hit-sellers-shipping-to-europe/ 

With that being said, we will no longer be shipping to Germany.

 

 

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