Get Ready for Roller-Coaster Postage Rates
The court sent the case back to the PRC, directing it to correct that error. As a result, mailers are likely to end up paying billions more in surcharges.
In a logical world, the PRC would figure out how much additional compensation the Postal Service is due and then just keep the current surcharge in place until that number is met. But nothing is quite so simple or logical in Washington.
PRC staff will need time to come up with a "count more than once" methodology that calculates the Postal Service's recession losses, and the PRC will have to translate that into a surcharge. And no doubt postal officials and mailers groups will want to have their say.
It seems almost certain that the Postal Service will have to provide 45-day notice of the surcharge's expiration before the PRC can develop and approve its approach.
From a sanity standpoint, the best we can hope for is that the PRC will have everything in place in time for the Postal Service to withdraw the expiration notice, so that the current surcharge is left in place until it reaches its new revenue goal.
But with the way Washington works (or doesn't work), there could well be a hiatus between expiration of the current surcharge and implementation of the new one. And there are no guarantees that the new surcharge will be "only" 4.3%.