I'm expecting my mail to slow down by 1 business day.vintage mail truck 01

The United States Postal Service (USPS) finalized a plan to slow down some of its mail delivery for First-Class letters, flat envelopes and periodicals starting October 1, 2021.

Hawaii in particular will see these services slowed down to an average of 4-5 days, as stated in their notice on the Federal Register.

"In addition, among the changes detailed below, the Postal Service is promulgating certain changes to the service standards for mail originating from or destined to areas outside of the contiguous United States. The Postal Service will apply a 4-day standard for First-Class Mail originating in the contiguous 48 states destined to the city of Anchorage, Alaska, the 968 3-digit ZIP Code area in Hawaii, or the 006, 007, or 009 3-digit ZIP Code areas in Puerto Rico; for First-Class Mail originating in the 006, 007, or 009 3-digit ZIP Code areas in Puerto Rico and destined to the contiguous 48 states; for First-Class Mail originating in Hawaii and destined to Guam, or vice versa; for First-Class Mail originating in Hawaii and destined to American Samoa, or vice versa; and for other First-Class Mail that has both its origin and its destination within Alaska. The Postal Service will apply a 5-day standard for other First-Class Mail originating from and/or destined to the non-contiguous states and territories."[1]

Most of my mail that's sent via these services would reach my customers within 3-4 days, but it looks like that's never going to happen under their new plan.

Sources:

  1. "Revised Service Standards for Market-Dominant Mail Products." public-inspection.federalregister.gov. August 6, 2021 at 4:15 PM. Retrieved August 7, 2021. 

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