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Post Office to Bag First-|Class Overnight Service

WASHINGTON (CN) - The U.S. Postal Service plans to largely eliminate overnight service for First-Class mail, and seeks public comments.

The Post Office also has requested a Postal Regulatory Commission advisory opinion on the proposed changes.

Post offices have been left with extra capacity, because fewer customers are using the mail to transmit information, dropping the efficiency originally built into the system. A promise of overnight delivery adds to costs.

The Post Office estimates that cost savings from eliminating overnight delivery and making other changes in its latest proposal will result in a $2.1 billion in net annual benefit. The Post Office believes that this, along with other initiatives and measures, including consolidating facilities, could help return it to a fiscally sound position.

Comments received by February 13 will be considered.

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