DEFINITION
competitive products

A category of postal products and services (commonly referred to as shipping services) for which similar products and services are offered by private sector carriers. Pricing changes occur annually, and USPS is free to price competitive products as long as they cover their costs, are not subsidized by market dominant products (also known as mailing services), and make an appropriate contribution to institutional costs. Competitive products include Priority Mail Express service, Priority Mail service, Parcel Select service, Parcel Return Service, Premium Forwarding Service, and most international mail products except First-Class Mail International service, which is categorized as a market dominant product.

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