CHRIS08, on 28 January 2013 - 09:36 AM, said:
just wondering are Amazons shipping going to increase as USPS are increasing prices to International markets by 60% not sure if it affects amazon but US ebay sellers are increasing their shipping costs to cover this, just thought i'd give u a heads up
I've read this too in a blog and the eBay forum, however this USPS official sites seem to indicate the increase is nothing like 60%...
Quote; "International Priority Airmail (IPA) service, including IPA M-bags, is a bulk commercial air service designed for business mailers for volume mailings of all international letter post items weighing up to 4 pounds and whose value is under $400. The price increase for IPA service averages 1.9 percent
International Surface Air Lift (ISAL) service, including ISAL M-Bags, is a bulk commercial service, which provides expedited dispatch and transportation for mailers of volume mailings of all international letter post items weighing up to 4 pounds and whose value is under $400. ISAL travels by air to the destination country where it is then entered into the foreign postal administration’s surface network. The price increase for ISAL service averages 4.4 percent
First-Class Package Service First-Class Package Service is an offering for lightweight (less than 1 pound) parcels used by businesses for fulfillment purposes — the majority of the volume for this competitive product is made up of parcels that fall in the 1- to 5-ounce weight range. The average overall increase is 3.0 percent
. There is a surcharge for irregular shaped parcels. Commercial Plus mailers may pay postage with PC Postage. IMpb is required for presort prices.
Standard Post (formerly named Parcel Post) The Postal Service transferred Parcel Post from the market dominant product list to the competitive product list and renamed it Standard Post. Standard Post now is no longer part of Package Services and stands alone as a service. The overall average price increase is 21 percent
. These parcels will receive free USPS Tracking/Delivery Confirmation just as other competitive product parcels do. Standard Post will not appear on postage statements as it is designed as a “retail” product with payment by stamps or meter and is deposited only at the retail counter or picked up by Package Pickup (formerly named Carrier Pickup).
Depending on the service it seems to be anywhere between 1.9% and 21% so I can't see where these figures of 59% plus are coming from.
This blog about stamps clearly says otherwise... who's correct?
"First Class Mail International is being renamed First Class Package Service International and is being transferred to the “competitive product list” which allows the mail class to be eligible for Commercial Base pricing (online rate discounts). 2013 rates are seeing a significant increase, with rates increasing as much as 60% for packages that weigh up to 1 lb
This one seems to say differently again...
"First Class Mail International packages will be renamed First Class Package International Service. The service now includes Commercial Base discounts of up to 10% off retail rates.
Priority Mail Intl Small Flat Rate Box - Other Countries $16.95 to $23.95"