Stamps.com Blog

Stamps.com Blog

Get the latest information on the mailing and shipping industry.

First Class Package Service: Summary of 2018 Rate Increase

January 29th, 2018 Comments off

First Class Package Service is a fast, affordable delivery service for packages weighing up to 15.99 ounces. This mail class offers delivery in one to three days within the U.S. Here’s what you need to know about how First Class Package Service now that the 2018 rate increases have gone into effect (as of January 21, 2018):

•First Class Package Service rates have increased by an average of 3.9 percent in 2018, with rates now starting at $2.66 (previously at $2.61) for online postage customers.
•When you purchase First Class Package Service postage online, you’ll save up to 26 percent (previously 18 percent) versus retail rates.

Find 2018 rates below:

First Class Package Service – 2018 Rates (Commercial Base Pricing)
INCREASE PER PACKAGE – 2018 rates vs. 2017 rates
Mailpiece Weight 2018 2017 Increase
1 ounce $2.66 $2.61 $0.05
2 ounces $2.66 $2.61 $0.05
3 ounces $2.66 $2.61 $0.05
4 ounces $2.66 $2.61 $0.05
5 ounces $2.79 $2.77 $0.02
6 ounces $2.92 $2.77 $0.15
7 ounces $3.05 $2.77 $0.28
8 ounces $3.18 $2.77 $0.41
9 ounces $3.34 $3.32 $0.02
10 ounces $3.50 $3.46 $0.04
11 ounces $3.66 $3.60 $0.06
12 ounces $3.82 $3.74 $0.08
13 ounces $4.10 $3.88 $0.22
14 ounces $4.38 $4.02 $0.36
15 ounces $4.66 $4.16 $0.50
15.999 ounces $4.94 $4.30 $0.64
Categories: Postage Rate Increase Tags:

Stamps.com automatically updated with new 2018 USPS rates

January 21st, 2018 Comments off

The 2018 USPS rate increase go into effect on Sunday, January 21, 2018. No action is required of customers, as Stamps.com mailing and shipping solutions are designed to reflect real-time USPS pricing and will transition to the new rates in real time. This way our customers can print postage without any service disruptions.

Below you’ll find a summary of the 2018 postage rate increase for Commercial Base (online postage) prices by mail class:

Get more information about the 2018 postage rate increase here, or download our free 2018 USPS Postage Rate Increase Guide.

Categories: USPS News Tags:

Stamps.com Launches International Large Envelope/Flat Service

January 18th, 2018 Comments off

 
Now the Most Affordable Way to Send Small/Flat Merchandise Internationally.  
Stamps.com has created an affordable replacement for the discontinued USPS First Class International Flat Service for Merchandise. If you haven’t heard,  starting January 21st, online retailers will NO LONGER be allowed to ship merchandise using First Class Mail International Large Envelopes/Flats – the USPS will ONLY ALLOW VALUELESS DOCUMENTS due to international Customs changes. Luckily, Stamps.com has the answer.

Starting, January 21st, Stamps.com will offer a new International Flat service for retailers.  This new service allows you to continue to ship merchandise in a Large Envelope/Flat to an International destination at a significant cost savings compared to First Class Package International Service. Best of all, this service continues to utilize the powerful USPS delivery network.

3 Great Reasons to Choose Stamps.com’s International Flat Service 

#1 Incredible cost savings – save up to 65% compared to First Class Package International Service

#2 Customs Forms will be sent electronically – no more forms to print

#3 Get better visibility with more tracking events

 

How Does It Work?
Stamps.com customers can immediately use the new service by simply selecting “First-Class Mail International Large Envelope/Flats” as the mail service inside the platform. The shipping label for this new service will differ from other international labels in two ways:

  1. The shipping label includes both the recipient’s international address as well as the domestic address of the Postal Processing Facility.
  2. The shipping label does not include any customs information – Customs Forms will be sent electronically.


Save Up to 65% Compared to First Class Package International Service
This new International Large Envelope/Flat service can provide huge cost savings compared to First Class Package International Service.  Savings can be over $15.00 per Large Envelope/Flat, depending on weight and country destination!

NOT A STAMPS.COM CUSTOMER? – SIGN UP TODAY TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS NEW, MONEY-SAVING SERVICE!  (Note: After sign-up, you must call into Stamps.com Customer Support (1-888-434-0055 to get your International Flats activated on your account.)

 Check out these unbeatable rates!

First Class Package
International Service
Stamps.com International Flats
Weight Zone 1
Canada
Zone 1
Canada
Savings with Stamps.com International Flats
1 $9.50 $4.79 $4.71
2 $9.50 $5.00 $4.50
3 $9.50 $5.21 $4.29
4 $9.50 $5.41 $4.09
5 $9.50 $5.62 $3.88
6 $9.50 $5.83 $3.67
7 $9.50 $6.04 $3.46
8 $9.50 $6.25 $3.25
12 $15.20 $7.29 $7.91
16 – 1 lb. $15.20 $8.33 $6.87
20 $15.20 $9.37 $5.83
24 $15.20 $10.41 $4.79
28 $15.20 $11.45 $3.75
32 – 2 lb. $15.20 $12.49 $2.71
36 $23.99 $13.53 $10.46
40 $23.99 $14.58 $9.41
44 $23.99 $15.62 $8.37
48 – 3 lb. $23.99 $16.66 $7.33
52 $35.39 $17.70 $17.69
56 $35.39 $18.74 $16.65
60 $35.39 $19.78 $15.61
64 – 4 lb. $35.39 $20.82 $14.57
Rates as of January 21, 2018

 

First Class Package
International Service
Stamps.com International Flats
Weight (oz) Zone 2
Mexico
Zone 2
Mexico
Savings with Stamps.com International Flats
1 $11.64 $4.79 $6.85
2 $11.64 $5.47 $6.17
3 $11.64 $6.14 $5.50
4 $11.64 $6.82 $4.82
5 $11.64 $7.50 $4.14
6 $11.64 $8.17 $3.47
7 $11.64 $8.85 $2.79
8 $11.64 $9.53 $2.11
12 $20.43 $10.98 $9.45
16 – 1 lb. $20.43 $12.44 $7.99
20 $20.43 $13.90 $6.53
24 $20.43 $15.36 $5.07
28 $20.43 $16.81 $3.62
32 – 2 lb. $20.43 $18.27 $2.16
36 $31.35 $19.73 $11.62
40 $31.35 $21.19 $10.16
44 $31.35 $22.64 $8.71
48 – 3 lb. $31.35 $24.10 $7.25
52 $45.13 $25.56 $19.57
56 $45.13 $27.02 $18.11
60 $45.13 $28.47 $16.66
64 – 4 lb. $45.13 $29.93 $15.20
Rates as of January 21, 2018

 

First Class Package
International Service
Stamps.com International Flats
Weight (oz) Zone 3
Australia/Asia
Zone 3
Australia/Asia
Savings with Stamps.com International Flats
1 $13.54 $4.79 $8.75
2 $13.54 $5.73 $7.81
3 $13.54 $6.66 $6.88
4 $13.54 $7.60 $5.94
5 $13.54 $8.54 $5.00
6 $13.54 $9.47 $4.07
7 $13.54 $10.41 $3.13
8 $13.54 $11.35 $2.19
12 $22.33 $13.22 $9.11
16 – 1 lb. $22.33 $15.10 $7.23
20 $22.33 $16.97 $5.36
24 $22.33 $18.84 $3.49
28 $22.33 $20.72 $1.61
32 – 2 lb. $22.33 $22.59 -$0.26
36 $33.25 $24.47 $8.78
40 $33.25 $26.34 $6.91
44 $33.25 $28.21 $5.04
48 – 3 lb. $33.25 $30.09 $3.16
52 $50.11 $31.96 $18.15
56 $50.11 $33.83 $16.28
60 $50.11 $35.71 $14.40
64 – 4 lb. $50.11 $37.58 $12.53
Rates as of January 21, 2018

 

First Class Package
International Service
Stamps.com International Flats
Weight (oz) Zone 4
Russia/Eastern Europe
Zone 4
Russia/Eastern Europe
Savings with Stamps.com International Flats
1 $13.06 $4.79 $8.27
2 $13.06 $5.73 $7.33
3 $13.06 $6.66 $6.40
4 $13.06 $7.60 $5.46
5 $13.06 $8.54 $4.52
6 $13.06 $9.47 $3.59
7 $13.06 $10.41 $2.65
8 $13.06 $11.35 $1.71
12 $21.85 $13.22 $8.63
16 – 1 lb. $21.85 $15.10 $6.75
20 $21.85 $16.97 $4.88
24 $21.85 $18.84 $3.01
28 $21.85 $20.72 $1.13
32 – 2 lb. $21.85 $22.59 -$0.74
36 $34.91 $24.47 $10.44
40 $34.91 $26.34 $8.57
44 $34.91 $28.21 $6.70
48 – 3 lb. $34.91 $30.09 $4.82
52 $56.53 $31.96 $24.57
56 $56.53 $33.83 $22.70
60 $56.53 $35.71 $20.82
64 – 4 lb. $56.53 $37.58 $18.95
Rates as of January 21, 2018

 

First Class Package
International Service
Stamps.com International Flats
Weight (oz) Zone 5 – UK/Western Europe Zone 5 – UK/Western Europe Savings with Stamps.com International Flats
1 $13.30 $4.79 $8.51
2 $13.30 $5.73 $7.57
3 $13.30 $6.66 $6.64
4 $13.30 $7.60 $5.70
5 $13.30 $8.54 $4.76
6 $13.30 $9.47 $3.83
7 $13.30 $10.41 $2.89
8 $13.30 $11.35 $1.95
12 $22.33 $13.22 $9.11
16 – 1 lb. $22.33 $15.10 $7.23
20 $22.33 $16.97 $5.36
24 $22.33 $18.84 $3.49
28 $22.33 $20.72 $1.61
32 – 2 lb. $22.33 $22.59 -$0.26
36 $33.96 $24.47 $9.49
40 $33.96 $26.34 $7.62
44 $33.96 $28.21 $5.75
48 – 3 lb. $33.96 $30.09 $3.87
52 $48.93 $31.96 $16.97
56 $48.93 $33.83 $15.10
60 $48.93 $35.71 $13.22
64 – 4 lb. $48.93 $37.58 $11.35
Rates as of January 21, 2018

 

First Class Package
International Service
Stamps.com International Flats
Weight (oz) Zone 6
Southeast Asia/India
Zone 6
Southeast Asia/India
Savings with Stamps.com International Flats
1 $13.06 $4.79 $8.27
2 $13.06 $5.68 $7.38
3 $13.06 $6.56 $6.50
4 $13.06 $7.44 $5.62
5 $13.06 $8.33 $4.73
6 $13.06 $9.21 $3.85
7 $13.06 $10.10 $2.96
8 $13.06 $10.98 $2.08
12 $22.09 $12.81 $9.28
16 – 1 lb. $22.09 $14.63 $7.46
20 $22.09 $16.45 $5.64
24 $22.09 $18.27 $3.82
28 $22.09 $20.09 $2.00
32 – 2 lb. $22.09 $21.91 $0.18
36 $32.78 $23.74 $9.04
40 $32.78 $25.56 $7.22
44 $32.78 $27.38 $5.40
48 – 3 lb. $32.78 $29.20 $3.58
52 $52.73 $31.02 $21.71
56 $52.73 $32.85 $19.88
60 $52.73 $34.67 $18.06
64 – 4 lb. $52.73 $36.49 $16.24
Rates as of January 21, 2018

 

First Class Package
International Service
Stamps.com International Flats
Weight (oz) Zone 7
Africa
Zone 7
Africa
Savings with Stamps.com International Flats
1 $13.06 $4.79 $8.27
2 $13.06 $5.68 $7.38
3 $13.06 $6.56 $6.50
4 $13.06 $7.44 $5.62
5 $13.06 $8.33 $4.73
6 $13.06 $9.21 $3.85
7 $13.06 $10.10 $2.96
8 $13.06 $10.98 $2.08
12 $22.09 $12.81 $9.28
16 – 1 lb. $22.09 $14.63 $7.46
20 $22.09 $16.45 $5.64
24 $22.09 $18.27 $3.82
28 $22.09 $20.09 $2.00
32 – 2 lb. $22.09 $21.91 $0.18
36 $33.01 $23.74 $9.27
40 $33.01 $25.56 $7.45
44 $33.01 $27.38 $5.63
48 – 3 lb. $33.01 $29.20 $3.81
52 $56.53 $31.02 $25.51
56 $56.53 $32.85 $23.68
60 $56.53 $34.67 $21.86
64 – 4 lb. $56.53 $36.49 $20.04
Rates as of January 21, 2018

 

First Class Package
International Service
Stamps.com International Flats
Weight (oz) Zone 8
Middle East
Zone 8
Middle East
Savings with Stamps.com International Flats
1 $12.83 $4.79 $8.04
2 $12.83 $5.68 $7.15
3 $12.83 $6.56 $6.27
4 $12.83 $7.44 $5.39
5 $12.83 $8.33 $4.50
6 $12.83 $9.21 $3.62
7 $12.83 $10.10 $2.73
8 $12.83 $10.98 $1.85
12 $21.61 $12.81 $8.80
16 – 1 lb. $21.61 $14.63 $6.98
20 $21.61 $16.45 $5.16
24 $21.61 $18.27 $3.34
28 $21.61 $20.09 $1.52
32 – 2 lb. $21.61 $21.91 -$0.30
36 $30.64 $23.74 $6.90
40 $30.64 $25.56 $5.08
44 $30.64 $27.38 $3.26
48 – 3 lb. $30.64 $29.20 $1.44
52 $50.35 $31.02 $19.33
56 $50.35 $32.85 $17.50
60 $50.35 $34.67 $15.68
64 – 4 lb. $50.35 $36.49 $13.86
Rates as of January 21, 2018

 

First Class Package
International Service
Stamps.com International Flats
Weight (oz) Zone 9
South America/ Caribbean
Zone 9
South America/ Caribbean
Savings with Stamps.com International Flats
1 $13.30 $4.79 $8.51
2 $13.30 $5.68 $7.62
3 $13.30 $6.56 $6.74
4 $13.30 $7.44 $5.86
5 $13.30 $8.33 $4.97
6 $13.30 $9.21 $4.09
7 $13.30 $10.10 $3.20
8 $13.30 $10.98 $2.32
12 $22.33 $12.81 $9.52
16 – 1 lb. $22.33 $14.63 $7.70
20 $22.33 $16.45 $5.88
24 $22.33 $18.27 $4.06
28 $22.33 $20.09 $2.24
32 – 2 lb. $22.33 $21.91 $0.42
36 $33.01 $23.74 $9.27
40 $33.01 $25.56 $7.45
44 $33.01 $27.38 $5.63
48 – 3 lb. $33.01 $29.20 $3.81
52 $48.93 $31.02 $17.91
56 $48.93 $32.85 $16.08
60 $48.93 $34.67 $14.26
64 – 4 lb. $48.93 $36.49 $12.44
Rates as of January 21, 2018

 

Categories: Ecommerce Shipping Tags:

Priority Mail: Summary of 2018 Shipping Rate Increase

January 12th, 2018 Comments off

Priority Mail is a quick yet economical shipping service that provides delivery anywhere in the U.S. within two to three days. The maximum allowable package weight for this mail class is 70 pounds. Priority Mail also includes USPS Tracking and up to $50 of insurance with most shipments.

Stamps.com customers enjoy discounts of up to 39 percent over the Post Office rate on all Priority Mail shipments, depending on weight and distance. These discounts are automatically calculated by the Stamps.com software.

Price Changes to Priority Mail in 2018

Priority Mail rates will see an average increase of 6.2 percent starting Jan. 21, 2018. A one-pound package traveling from Los Angeles to New York (Zone 8) will cost $7.76 in 2018, up from $7.25 in 2017.

Priority Mail – 2018 Rates (Commercial Base Pricing)

INCREASE PER PACKAGE – 2018 rates vs. 2017 rates

Mailpiece Weight

2018

2017

Increase

1 lb. – Zone 8

$7.76

$7.25

$0.51

2 lbs. – Zone 8

$10.80

$10.28

$0.52

3 lbs. – Zone 8

$15.34

$14.90

$0.44

4 lbs. – Zone 8

$18.15

$17.61

$0.54

5 lbs. – Zone 8

$21.03

$20.41

$0.62

6 lbs. – Zone 8

$24.07

$23.37

$0.70

7 lbs. – Zone 8

$27.04

$26.25

$0.79

8 lbs. – Zone 8

$30.36

$29.47

$0.89

9 lbs. – Zone 8

$33.75

$32.77

$0.98

10 lbs. – Zone 8

$36.71

$35.64

$1.07

Rates for Priority Mail Flat Rate Boxes and Flat Rate Envelopes will also increase in 2018. A Priority Mail Padded Flat Rate Envelope will cost $7.10 in 2018, up from $6.50 in 2017.

 

Priority Mail Flat Rate – 2018 Rates (Commercial Base Pricing)

INCREASE PER PACKAGE – 2018 rates vs. 2017 rates

Mailpiece

2018 2017

Increase

Flat Rate Envelope

$6.55 $5.95 $0.60

Legal Flat Rate Envelope

$6.85

$6.25

$0.60

Padded Flat Rate Envelope

$7.10

$6.50

$0.60

Small Flat Rate Box

$7.05

$6.45

$0.60

Medium Flat Rate Box

$12.85

$12.40

$0.45

Large Flat Rate Box

$17.65

$17.05

$0.60

APO/FPO Large Flat Rate Box $16.15 $15.55

$0.60

 

While prices for Priority Mail Regional Rate Boxes will increase for most Zones in 2018, it’s worth noting that rates are dropping by $0.30 for Box B in Zone 5, and rates will remain the same for Box A in Zone 5.

Priority Mail Regional Rate Boxes provide a great cost savings over regular Priority Mail when your parcel is over two pounds. For example, a Priority Mail Regional Rate Box A that weights five pounds for delivery to Zone 8 will cost $10.80 in 2018 compared to $21.03 for regular Priority Mail.

Priority Mail Regional Rate Boxes – 2018 Rates (Commercial Base Pricing)

INCREASE PER PACKAGE – 2018 rates vs. 2017 rates

Box A                
Period Zones
1 & 2
Zone
3
Zone
4
Zone
5
Zone
6
Zone
7
Zone
8
Zone
9
2017 $6.52 $6.60 $6.83 $8.15 $9.19 $9.99 $10.28 $15.14
2018 $7.10 $7.25 $7.40 $8.15 $9.47 $10.29 $10.80 $15.33
Change $0.58 $0.65 $0.57 $0.00 $0.28 $0.30 $0.52 $0.19
Box B
Period Zones
1 & 2
Zone
3
Zone
4
Zone
5
Zone
6
Zone
7
Zone
8
Zone
9
2017 $7.17 $8.01 $9.19 $10.95 $15.68 $17.93 $20.41 $28.72
2018 $7.41 $8.42 $9.37 $10.65 $16.15 $18.47 $21.03 $29.15
Change $0.24 $0.41 $0.18 ($0.30) $0.47 $0.54 $0.62 $0.43

Get more information on the 2018 USPS postage rate increase.

Categories: USPS News Tags:

2018 USPS Postage Rate Increase Guide – Free Download

January 2nd, 2018 Comments off

New 2018 U.S. Postal Service rates go into effect on Sunday, January 21, 2018. We’ve put together a new 2018 USPS Postage Rate Increase Guide to help you gain a better understanding of the new USPS rates and how they may affect your business.

This guide details the changes for the following domestic and international mail classes:

  • First Class Mail
  • Priority Mail
  • Priority Mail Express
  • First Class Package Service
  • Parcel Select Ground
  • USPS Retail Ground
  • Media Mail
  • Global Express Guaranteed
  • Priority Mail International
  • Priority Mail Express International
  • First Class Package International Service

For each mail class you’ll see side-by-side comparisons between the current postage rates and the new 2018 postage rates, both for customers who buy postage at the Post Office and for customers who print postage online (using Stamps.com), taking advantage of discounted shipping rates.

The guide also includes changes to Special Services including Certified Mail, Registered Mail, USPS Tracking, and Signature Confirmation.

Download the Postage Rate Increase Guide

Categories: Free Guides Tags:

Call us toll-free at 1-888-434-0055, Monday - Friday, 6 AM - 6 PM Pacific Time.