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USPS Peak Surcharges Announced For 2021 Holiday Season

Update September 3

The Postal Service has announced that the USPS peak-season pricing will now be in effect from October 3 until December 25, 2021 (previously ending December 26, 2021).


With the shipping industry still feeling the lasting impacts of the pandemic, delays to delivery times continue due to limitations on available transportation as well as health and safety protocols. Last year, in response to the increased costs of the pandemic, the United States Postal Service announced peak surcharges for the first time. And given the ongoing challenges seen this year it’s not surprising that the USPS will bring back these special rate adjustments once again.

Why peak surcharges?

These surcharges are a direct response to the increased expenses, handling costs and shipping volumes from the pandemic and of course the anticipated holiday shipping volumes.

The Postal service joins other carriers like FedEx and UPS who are revisiting their own peak surcharges. These temporary price adjustments will also impact some partners who also utilize USPS’ network like UPS MI. At this time the peak surcharges are expected to impact the following USPS services:

  • Priority Mail Express (PME)
  • Priority Mail (PM)
  • First-Class Package Service (FCPS)
  • Parcel Select and Parcel Return Service

The USPS has not included any adjustments for its international services.

How this impacts your shipments

You may notice a slight increase in postage rates for the following postage types when creating shipments:

  • USPS First Class Package
  • USPS Priority Mail
  • USPS Parcel Select
  • Chit Chats U.S. Tracked
  • Chit Chats U.S. Economy Tracked

This will be a temporary change as USPS peak-season pricing will be in effect from October 3 until December 25, 2021.

We are working closely with all our partner carriers for further details and we will provide updates over the next few weeks.