USPS implements lower standards to improve service and tackle debt

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NBC) – Millions of Americans will soon be facing some major changes in the way they send and receive their mail.

Friday, the United States Postal Service implemented new service standards for its first-class mail and packages.

Delivery times will be lengthened for about 30-percent of its volume, which means packages, magazine subscriptions and some letters traveling longer distances could take up to five days to arrive instead of two or three days.

And Sunday, the cost to ship packages for the holidays will go up temporarily.

The changes are due to a 10-year plan to improve service and tackle the postal service’s massive debt.

The plan also includes reduced office hours.

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