Postal rates hurt good will via books

Interesting Article On the end of =a special low rate that allowed people to ship printed material in a 66-pound bag overseas by boat. Now the bags — called M-bags — can go air mail only, and that’s nearly four times more than the sea rate. Yvonne Yoerger, spokeswoman for the U.S. Postal Service in Washington, D.C., said low demand forced elimination of the ship-by-sea economy rate, which accounted for 2.7 percent of U.S. Postal Service international mail in 2006.

“The global network of surface transportation is decreasing,” she said.

Now the only available option through the Postal Service is air mail.

Charitable groups also are affected.