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New USPS Prices Coming This April for First Class Mail

January 13th, 2011

USPS to Introduce Commercial Base Rates for First Class Parcels

blog_pact-act_usps-logoThe USPS has proposed a rate increase for a number of mail classes including First Class Mail (domestic and international), Media Mail, and Parcel Post.  While these rates still need to be approved by the Postal Regulatory Committee, they are likely to be approved as they are within the allowable annual increase of 1.7%.  If approved, the new rates will go into effect April 17, 2011.  Here are some of the major proposed changes for domestic mail:

  • Average increase across all mail classes is 1.741 percent
  • Priority and Express rates will not be changed (these rates were changed in the January, 2011 shipping rate change)
  • One-ounce First Class Letters will remain at $0.44 and one-ounce First Class Flats will remain at $0.88; each additional ounce (or half ounce for 3.5 ounce letters) will cost an extra $0.20 (currently additional ounces cost $0.17)
  • Retail rates for First Class Packages will start at $1.71 (currently $1.22)
  • The USPS will introduce Single-Piece Commercial Base and Commercial Plus Prices for First Class Packages
  • Commercial Base Prices, which are available for online postage, will save shippers $0.15 per mail piece
  • Parcel Post rates will start at $5.10 (currently at $4.90)
  • Media Mail rates will start at $2.41 (currently at $2.38)

In addition to the changes for domestic mail, the USPS has also proposed changes for First Class International mail services.  Here are a some of the important changes regarding First Class Mail International:

  • Letter prices will change for group one and group two by an average of $0.06
  • Flat prices will change for all country groups by an average of $0.53
  • Package prices will change for all country groups by an average of $0.78

Click here for more information on the proposed USPS rate change.

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  1. stampscomblog
    May 9th, 2011 at 09:22 | #1

    Hi Rob, I think there must have been a glitch on the initial email you received. $1.56 is the correct First Class Commercial Base Rate for 1-3 ounces. The Post Office price is $1.71. But if you are seeing the $1.56 rate now, it sounds like you have the correct version of the software. If not, go to http://www.stamps.com/download and get the new version.


  2. Rob
    May 8th, 2011 at 21:33 | #2

    I received the update on April 17th on my Stamps.com software reflecting the new First Class Mail rate of $1.71 for 1-3 ounces Packages. Tonight my software had an update again and I am now showing 1,2, & 3 ounce Packages beginning at $1.56.I checked to see If there was any additional software updates and it said there were none. Is this a glitch in the update I received?

  3. stampscomblog
    May 2nd, 2011 at 07:40 | #3

    Hi, the USPS does not offer Commercial Base pricing for Media Mail when you print postage online.

    Media Mail is eligible for commercial discounts when your mailpieces are machinable parcels and the addresses are pre-sorted for barcode discounts based on 5-digit or basic pre-sorting. But Stamps.com does not include pre-sorting options in our software.


  4. Anonymous
    April 30th, 2011 at 20:43 | #4

    Why don’t you offer commercial base prices for media mail?

  5. March 26th, 2011 at 09:09 | #5

    Could You Please clarify something for me concerning Media Mail?
    i’m confused with the Guidelines i’ve read.
    Can Comic Books ( which have advertising inside ) be Shipped by Media Mail?
    i’d seen Shippers on eBay use media mail for Comic Books in years past ; But, i’m unclear?

  6. February 3rd, 2011 at 21:26 | #6

    Thanks so much for this information. I am going to have to find a way to cut costs somewhere to make up for all the raising cost of doing business. Anyone have anyy ideas for things they do or products they use to help keep shipping cost at a minimum?

    Shipping Manager

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