Rates at post office to increase on Sunday


Guam – Shopping online could get a little more expensive, now that the U.S. Postal Services is increasing the costs of its products and services.

According to Postal Service Spokesman Duke Gonzales, the price hikes will take effect on January 27, 2019, nationwide. And while everyone will be paying the same rates across the board from Washington to DC to Hawaii to Guam, it raises the question how will Guam online shoppers be affected? Does this mean online businesses will also be increasing shipping charges?

“You know I can’t speak to that I do understand how important shipping is to the people of Guam and every one is price sensitive to shipping costs. we do see that some companies will build in our price increases and tack on even more on service charges I think that every one who does online business need to understand that you need to meet the customers needs and so if there is a lot of feedback that the shipping charges are impacting customer demand then they will be open to listening to that people should definitely make their opinions heard to any companies that are raising prices beyond what people consider are fair,” explained Gonzales.

While the impact remains to be seen, those walking into the local post office on Monday will see almost every product marked up.

“Not everything but a lot of the products will see price increases but not everything the postal stamps will stay at 35-cents that’s one example most of the prices are going up but there is one anomaly where price is going down and that is the cost of postage to cover second ounce of a first class mail product,” shared Gonzales.

Rates to be increased include priority mail express international shipping which will see a 3.9 percent increase, domestic priority mail will see an average increase of 5.9 percent and first class mail letters weighing an extra ounce will have a postage rate increase of five cents.


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Jolene Toves
Jolene joined the PNC team in 2017, as a producer, co-anchor and investigative reporter covering law enforcement, courts and crimes. Notable coverage includes the Ehlert case, the Mark Torre Jr. trial, the Allan Agababa trial, exclusive pieces on the Life of a Drug Dealer/Addict, and Life behind bars...the story of Honofre Chargualaf and Kevin Cruz. In 2019, she was promoted to Assistant News Director and Lead Anchor. From 2015 to 2017 she served as Public Relations and Promotions Manager, for the Hotel Nikko Guam handling local radio and advertorial promotions, as well as produced and directed tv commercials for the hotel. Prior to this she worked with KUAM for three years as a reporter and segment host. She began her journalism career in 2012, working with Glimpses of Guam contributing to the Guam Business Magazine, R&R magazine, MDM magazine and the Marianas Business Journal.