Letter and parcel deliveries will slow starting October 1, as the United States Postal Service (USPS) adopts a new cost-cutting strategy to recoup some of the billions of dollars it loses each year.
This means that around 30% of first-class mail and parcels will take longer to reach the 160 million homes and businesses that use the postal service.
Customers will also face increased fees and prices will be further increased during the peak holiday season.
Letters sent in first class will take up to five days to arrive, compared to two to three days now.
The slower delivery time will affect the millions of Americans who rely on the Postal Service for subscription drugs, unemployment checks and ballots, as well as letters and cards from loved ones and magazine deliveries. .
The Postal Service says it plans to use fewer planes to transport mail, instead of deploying more profitable trucks.
According to the USPS, planes are less reliable than surface transport and cost significantly more due to “weather delays, network congestion and air traffic control ground stops.”
For first-class mail, the USPS says 39 percent of standard-size letters and envelopes will take five days to deliver, depending on distance from the origin. The rest will take another one to two days.
For light packages sent first class, 32% will arrive within four to five days, and the rest will not be affected.
Some 93 percent of journals, newspapers, and magazines sent with the USPS will still arrive in two days or less, while the rest will take up to five days.
The changes were implemented by Trump-appointed Postmaster General Louis DeJoy.
Discussing the new delivery plan at a board of governors meeting in August, DeJoy conceded that there would be “uncomfortable changes”.
The changes will have the greatest impact on people living in remote states and territories, such as Alaska, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico.
Slower coast-to-coast deliveries are also expected, and that will vary depending on your zip code as well.
An analysis by the Washington post cities in the western and southern United States will experience the longest wait times for mail under the new structure.
Rural residences will also face longer delivery times.
The USPS has already raised prices for first-class postage stamps to 58 cents from 55 cents in August.
And he also announced that a temporary price increase on parcel shipments will be in effect from October 3 to December 26.
The price increases range from 25 cents to $ 5 per pack and are described in this USPS statement.
The agency has reported net losses of around $ 90 billion since 2007.
Agencies contributed to this report
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