United States Postal Service to institute changes ahead of holiday shipping season

Multiple people across Metro Detroit are experiencing mail issues and things might get worse before they get better.

DETROIT – Multiple people across Metro Detroit are experiencing mail issues and things might get worse before they get better.

New changes that go into effect Friday could slow delivery down even more, leaving many residents concerned as we head into the busy holiday season.

Residents should expect a slow down in some first class mail delivery. Additionally, starting Sunday, prices on all commercial and retail packages will increase through the end of the year.

According to the United State Postal Service, “most first-class mail (61%) and periodicals (93%) will be unaffected by the new service standard changes.”

Why are things slowing down? It’s how the mail will be transported. The price increase is due to the United States Postal Service’s financial issues. The changes are a part of a 10-year plan to make things right.

A representative with the USPS released the following statement Thursday:

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