Agreement reached on rural bulk mail rates

Posted: Wednesday, March 18, 2009

JUNEAU - The U.S. Postal Service has agreed to lower its proposed rate increase on bulk mail delivery to rural Alaska.

The three-member Alaska Congressional delegation announced Monday that the Postmaster General has accepted a request to change how the so-called bypass mail will be charged.

As a result the price increase will be roughly 12 to 17 percent instead of the 40 percent that was originally anticipated.

Residents of remote Alaska villages are dependent on bypass mail to deliver basic necessities and food. Bypass mail and other cargo is moved directly to air carriers - thus by-passing the post office - to be flown to recipients. The postal service subsidizes the cost of the shipments.

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