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USPS Announces New Shipping Rates for 2012

November 28th, 2011

The U.S. Postal Service has proposed new 2012 shipping rates that are expected to start on January 22, 2012.   usps-logo_nov-2011The average increase for all shipping classes is 4.6%.  Private carriers such as UPS and FedEx have already announced price increases for 2012.  UPS announced last week they are increasing prices on ground and air shipments by an average of 4.9%.  In September, FedEx announced it would increase rates by an average of 5.9%. 

The Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) must review and approve the new rates before they become effective January 22, 2012.  This is the same day the new USPS mailing service prices will take effect. 

New USPS Shipping Products for 2012

  • A new, larger Priority Mail Regional Rate Box C will be introduced that will hold up to 25 pounds.  Box size is expected to be 12” x 12” x 15”.
  • A new Express Mail Flat Rate Box will be introduced that holds up to 70 pounds.  Cost will be  $39.95 for domestic mailings.
  • Package Intercept will be introduced for commercial mailers.  Customers can request mail be intercepted before final delivery is attempted to the initial delivery address. The shipment can be returned to sender, held for pick up at a Post Office, or redirected to an alternate address.
  • First Class Package Service (aka First Class Parcels) will now include the Intelligent Mail package barcode and will provide free visibility to these parcels.

Priority Mail
Priority Mail retail (Post Office) prices will increase an average of 3.1% in 2012. 

Express Mail
USPS retail rates for Express Mail will increase an average of 3.3% in 2012. 

Parcel Select
Prices for Parcel Select, the U.S. Postal Service’s bulk ground shipping product, will increase an average of 8.5%.

First Class Package Service (formerly known as First Class Parcels)
First Class Parcels were recently transferred to the “competitive product list” which allows the mail class to be eligible for Commercial Base pricing. The mail class was renamed First Class Package Service and will see an average increase of 3.7% in 2012.

International Mail
The overall increase for Priority Mail International will be 8.7%. 

Express Mail International will increase by 11.6% and will introduce a two new Express Mail International Flat Rate Boxes with a maximum weight of 20 pounds.  Customers will pay a flat rate of $59.95 to Canada and $74.95 for all other countries. 

Global Express Guaranteed prices will rise by 6.0%.

Stamps.com Will Automatically Include New Rates on January 22, 2012
Stamps.com makes it easy to prepare for the postal rate change by automatically applying these new prices starting on January 22, 2012.  Additionally, Stamps.com customers will continue to receive Commercial Base pricing discounts to help lower your shipping costs in 2012.

  1. stampscomblog
    January 27th, 2012 at 10:01 | #1

    Hi Ham Radio Operator,

    Thanks for your feature request. I will pass this on to our Dev team — hopefully they can incorporate this feature into the software.


  2. stampscomblog
    January 27th, 2012 at 09:26 | #2

    Hi Robert,

    Is it possible you are using the “I want to specify the value for each stamp” option from the Stamps menu and have $0.44 inputted?

    If you are printing postage using the “calculated weight” option or from the “envelopes” tab, the Stamps.com database will automatically insert $0.45.

    Please call our Customer Support center at 1-888-434-0055 (open Mon-Fri, 6am to 6pm PT) — they can double check your software version and make sure there are no issues occurring.


  3. Robertbgain
    January 25th, 2012 at 08:19 | #3

    We just printed new stamps and they show $.44.  The price did not change to$ .45.  What do we do now???

  4. Ham Radio Operator
    January 14th, 2012 at 01:59 | #4

    It would be very helpful if international postage (first class on an envelope) could be printed directly on the envelope as can be done with US postage.

  5. littlebirdysays
    January 11th, 2012 at 08:25 | #5

    Where can I find more information on these USPS Regional Rate Boxes?  Thanks!

  6. von
    January 11th, 2012 at 07:46 | #6

    Are you guys just going to keep increasing until you are the same cost as fedex and ups without their better handling and tracking?

  7. Cindymatern
    January 11th, 2012 at 07:06 | #7

    HOw much will a letter size envelope cost as of Jan. 22, 2012??  I have about 900 W-2’s to get in the mail and of course will try and do it BEFORE the increase!

  8. ImaNonbeliever
    January 11th, 2012 at 06:58 | #8

    I have an appointment at the time you are conducting your Free Webinar on January 18, 2012.  Will you record that webinar and make it available to view online later?

  9. Ledshe511
    January 11th, 2012 at 06:52 | #9

    Thanks for the update.

  10. Lornerose
    January 11th, 2012 at 06:16 | #10


  11. Lane381
    January 11th, 2012 at 05:20 | #11

    This blog does not help at all.  Give me real figures and dollar amounts, at least on regular postage, etc.  Telling me it goes up by a percentage and not to what dollar amount, is useless.

  12. Acctg Hr
    January 11th, 2012 at 05:14 | #12

    so what is the cost of a regular first class stamp?  SImple question but it was never answered!

  13. Sara
    January 11th, 2012 at 05:08 | #13

    If USPS would learn to manage their business better we wouldn’t need postal raises so often. The postal service here is really bad.  We get our mail any where from 3:00 PM til 8:00PM and sometimes not at all because it’s to late and the carrier is called in. USPS does hire the handicap I am sure. I get other peoples mail from all over. One time a lady called me saying she had my check. It had come in her junk mail and she opened the envelope and there was my payment check. I am very opposed to these rate  changes.

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