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Proposed Postal Service Changes Could Increase Amazon’s Rates

President Trump may soon finally draw blood from Amazon. A Treasury-led task force examining the U.S. Postal Service’s business has proposed changes that include imposing higher rates on shipments of items that aren’t essential, such as packages from retailers like Amazon, according to Politico.

An administration official told Politico the report wasn’t targeting any specific retailer or customer of the Postal Service. But Mr. Trump has attacked Amazon on Twitter almost two dozen times in the last three years, criticizing the company for using the postal service as its “Delivery Boy.”

The Postal Service overhaul suggested by the Treasury includes other ideas to help the ailing agency, including renting out unused real estate. The Postal Regulatory Commission can enact some of the changes, including rate hikes, without Congress, according to Politico.

Amazon, for its part, has long been working to reduce its shipping costs by developing in-house delivery programs.


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