Stamps.com Automatically Updated with 2016 USPS Rates

January 17th, 2016 Comments off

blog_USPS-Rate-Increase-HeaderWith the 2016 USPS rate increase going into effect on Sunday, January 17, 2016, all postage printed via Stamps.com will now reflect the new 2016 USPS rates. No action is required of customers.

Stamps.com mailing and shipping solutions are designed to reflect real-time USPS pricing and will transition to the new rates in real time, enabling customers to print postage without any service disruptions.

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Special Note: If you print First Class Package Service for packages weighing between 1 and 3 ounces, you will need to download the latest version of the software (Version 13.3). This will allow you to receive the $2.54 rate instead of the $2.60 rate for packages weighing 1 ounce, 2 ounces and 3 ounces.

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Get more info on the 2016 USPS postage rate increase.

 

USPS to Limit Shipping of Hoverboards

December 16th, 2015 Comments off

USPS_HoverBoard_ShippingRestrictionsAs of December 16, the U.S. Postal Service will limit the shipping of “hoverboards” to addresses within the United States. Hoverboards (aka motorized balance boards) will only be accepted for shipping using ground transportation methods such as Standard Post or Parcel Select.

This action is being implemented due to safety concerns and the risk of fire caused by the lithium batteries used to power the hoverboard.

In order for a hoverboard to be mailable by the USPS, it must not contain more than 2 batteries and each battery must not exceed 100 watt hours. Important Note: This policy is different than the normal lithium battery acceptance policy for domestic packages shipped by the USPS.

The shipment of hoverboards from the U.S. to all international and APO/FPO/DPO destinations is prohibited.

2015 USPS Holiday Shipping Deadlines

December 2nd, 2015 Comments off

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It’s (almost) the most wonderful time of the year! This means the Post Office will be busy sending packages and mailpieces nationally and internationally. How can you make sure your packages reach their destination by December 25?

Stamps.com has got you covered! We have compiled the shipping deadlines for domestic, international and military packages together into convenient charts:

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Print and keep these charts near you to make sure your packages arrive on time during the busy holiday season!

New Postage Rates Start Sunday, May 31

May 15th, 2015 Comments off

blog_new-usps-rates_may31-2015After rejecting the U.S. Postal Service’s proposal to increase postage rates twice before, the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) has approved a rate increase for 2015. New postage rates will start on Sunday, May 31.

While rates are increasing in some mail classes, the U.S. Postal Service’s most popular products ARE NOT INCREASING. Rates for First Class Mail letters (one ounce), Priority Mail and Priority Mail Express will remain the same as in 2014.

Postage rates for “market domainant” classes were originally scheduled to go into effect on Sunday, April 26. But the USPS delayed the rate increase due to the PRC rejection of a rate proposal for two mail classes – Standard Mail and Periodicals. After the USPS made over 134 changes to the rate proposal for Standard Mail and Periodicals, the PRC approved the new rates on May 7.

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Other notable changes starting on May 31, 2015:

  • Priority Mail International will now include “zone pricing” for Canada, split up into 7 pricing zones.
  • Parcel Select prices are decreasing in Zones 1 to 4 for packages weighing between 5 lbs. to 24 lbs.  The rates for packages traveling to Zones 1 to 4, weighing between 25 lbs. to 70 lbs. are NOT INCREASING.
  • Media Mail will now include free package tracking

Get more info on the postage rate increase.

USPS Delays Rate Increase Scheduled for April 26, 2015

April 15th, 2015 Comments off

blog_usps-logo-delay-rate-increase2The U.S. Postal Service announced that it will delay the postage rate increase and service classification changes that were scheduled to start on Sunday, April 26, 2015.

The decision to delay the 2015 rate increase was motivated by the fact the Postal Regulatory Commission had not approved all of the proposed 2015 rates changes submitted by the USPS.  In particular, some “market-dominant” mail classes such as Standard Mail and Periodicals had not been approved.  To avoid a staggered implementation of the new rates, the USPS felt it was better to delay the entire rate increase and classification change to a later date.

No new date has been announced. The USPS said it will resubmit a new pricing proposal to the Postal Regulatory Commission for approval.

Stamps.com will keep you updated with all the USPS postage rate increase changes once more info is available.

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