AF&PA Statement on Postal Regulatory Commission Proposed Rulemaking for the Postal Ratemaking System

Dec 01, 2017

Dec. 1, 2017
CONTACT: Barbara Riley / Chuck Fuqua
(202) 463-2436, comm@afandpa.org

WASHINGTON – American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) President and CEO Donna Harman issued the following comment regarding the Postal Regulatory Commission’s announcement of a proposed rulemaking for the postal ratemaking system:

“We appreciate that the Postal Rate Commission recommended a continuation of a cap on price adjustments – a key element of the system that brings predictability and stability to mail.  However, we plan to further examine the proposed, expanded Postal Service rate authority and intend to offer comments during the public consultation period to ensure that mail is a preferred and competitive option in the marketplace. Postal rate increases traditionally have had a negative effect on mail volumes. The $1.4 billion mailing industry and its 7.5 million employees, including paper products companies that supply raw materials for print communications and packaging, need postal rate policies that will support their ability to thrive.”

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The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) serves to advance a sustainable U.S. pulp, paper, packaging, tissue and wood products manufacturing industry through fact-based public policy and marketplace advocacy. AF&PA member companies make products essential for everyday life from renewable and recyclable resources and are committed to continuous improvement through the industry’s sustainability initiative - Better Practices, Better Planet 2020. The forest products industry accounts for approximately four percent of the total U.S. manufacturing GDP, manufactures over $200 billion in products annually, and employs approximately 900,000 men and women. The industry meets a payroll of approximately $50 billion annually and is among the top 10 manufacturing sector employers in 45 states. Visit AF&PA online at www.afandpa.org or follow us on Twitter @ForestandPaper.