Starting Friday, October 1, 2021, Americans will experience mail service that is even slower than it was in the middle of the pandemic in 2020.
In a statement, The U.S. Postal Service, said, “We will be implementing new service standards for First Class Mail and Periodicals.”
This means First Class Mail in transit from California to Florida will suffer extended delivery times. Currently, it takes approximately five days to receive a First Class Mail being mailed from California to Florida. With delays, businesses have reported delays of up to 20 days.
International packages that are delivered to USPS hubs for delivery could take 45 days from start to finish.
Those who operate e-commerce businesses such as iSmellPennies and those who sell on eBay told Fox News that they are concerned that the new standards will cost them business and/or negative reviews.
The U.S. Postal Service says local mail (same region) should not be affected. Additionally, they said that First Class packages are different from regular First Class Mail (standard-sized letters and flats) and that, they do not expect First Class packages to be affected.
Retailers say they are absolutely being affected and have already seen a gross increase in transit times over the past two years.
According to records, many e-commerce businesses have filed complaints but business owners say USPS does not take the complaints seriously.
In addition to extended transit times, the U.S. Postal Service also announced that starting October 3, they will increase prices on all commercial and retail domestic and international packages.
Consumers are asked to be patient.