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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

 

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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.

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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

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Important: USPS making changes to First-Class Mail International Flats

December 26th, 2017 Comments off


Jan 21, 2018 Update: Stamps.com has launched a new International Flat service.  Get more info on how to ship merchandise with International Flats.

Merchandise No Longer Allowed in First Class Mail International Flats
If you ship merchandise abroad using USPS First Class Mail International Flats, there’s a new rule going into effect soon that you need to know about. Effective Sunday, January 21, 2018, First Class Mail International Large Envelope/Flat service for merchandise will NO LONGER be available from the USPS. First Class Mail International Flats will only be approved for use when sending documents. This change is occurring to comply with Universal Postal Union requirements.

Here are some examples of what USPS considers a document (still OK to ship using First Class Mail International Flats):

  • Audit and business records
  • Personal correspondence
  • Circulars
  • Pamphlets
  • Advertisements
  • Written instruments not intended to be resold
  • Money orders, checks, and similar items that cannot be negotiated or converted into cash without forgery.

Here are examples of items that will NO LONGER be allowed to be shipped as First Class Mail International Flats, effective Jan. 21, 2018:

  • CDs, DVDs, flash drives, video and cassette tapes, and other digital and electronic storage media (regardless of whether they are blank or contain electronic documents or other prerecorded media)
  • Artwork
  • Collector or antique document items
  • Books
  • Periodicals
  • Printed music
  • Printed educational or test material
  • Player piano rolls
  • Commercial photographs, blueprints and engineering drawings
  • Film and negatives
  • X-rays
  • Separation negatives

These goods are dutiable and must be must be shipped using First Class Package International Service. Once this change goes into effect, shippers will need to include Customs Forms and the recipient could pay a duty or tax to receive the product.

Cost Savings Using First Class Mail International Flats
Moving from First Class Mail International Flats to First Class Package International Service will have a big impact on shippers. For example, here’s a cost comparison for items going to Canada:

Shipping Rates to Canada (as of Jan 21, 2018)

First Class International Cost Comparison
Flats vs. Packages

Weight (oz.)

First Class Mail International Flats

(goods NOT allowed)

First Class Package International Service
(goods allowed)

Cost Increase to move to First Class Package International Service

1

$2.29 $9.50 +$7.21

2

$2.50 $9.50 +$7.00

3

$2.71 $9.50 +$6.79
4 $2.91 $9.50

+$6.59

5

$3.12 $9.50

+$6.38

6 $3.33 $9.50

+$6.17

7

$3.54 $9.50 +$5.96
8 $3.75 $9.50

+$5.75

12 $4.79 $15.20

+$10.41

16 – 1 lb.

$5.83 $15.20 +$9.37

20

$6.87 $15.20

+$8.33

24 $7.91 $15.20

+$7.29

28

$8.95 $15.20 +$6.25
32 – 2 lbs. $9.99 $15.20

+$5.21

36

$11.03 $23.99

+$12.96

40

$12.08 $23.99

+$11.91

44

$13.12 $23.99

+$10.87

48 – 3 lbs.

$14.16 $23.99

+$9.83

52

$15.20 $35.39

+$20.19

56

$16.24 $35.39

+$19.15

60

$17.28 $35.39

+$18.11

64 – 4 lbs. $18.32 $35.39

+$17.07

 

Stamps.com Introduces Global Advantage Program
Stamps.com has introduced the Global Advantage Program, a new international service  that lets you keep the cost benefits of shipping merchandise with First-Class Mail International Flats.

The Global Advantage Program includes these great benefits:

  • Allows you to ship merchandise using a service similar to First Class International Flats
  • Does not require Customs Forms
  • Plus much more!

To learn more and to have the Global Advantage Program activated to your account, please contact your Stamps.com Account Manager or call 1-855-889-7867 today!

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Stamps.com wishes you a wonderful holiday season

December 22nd, 2017 Comments off

Everyone at Stamps.com wishes you a happy holiday season and a prosperous 2018! As you put the finishing touches on your holiday mailing and shipping, we want to share some important USPS information about holiday closures and changes in service.

Saturday, Dec. 23
USPS: Regular Post Office hours and mail collections will be made.

Sunday, Dec. 24
USPS: Post Offices nationwide will be closed, as is standard for Sundays. Blue collection boxes will not be serviced, because they are not serviced on Sundays.

Monday, Dec. 25
USPS: Post Offices will be closed and blue boxes will not be serviced for the federal holiday. Only Priority Mail Express will be delivered on Christmas Day.

Stamps.com Support: Closed in observance of the Christmas holiday.

Tuesday, Dec. 26 through Friday, December 29
USPS: Regular Post Office hours and mail delivery.

Stamps.com Support: Telephone support available 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Pacific.

Saturday, Dec. 30
USPS: Regular Post Office hours and mail collections will be made.

Sunday, Dec. 31
USPS: Post Offices nationwide will be closed, and blue collection boxes will not be serviced.

Monday, Jan. 1
USPS: Post Offices will be closed and blue boxes will not be serviced for the federal holiday. Only Priority Mail Express will be delivered on New Year’s Day.

Stamps.com Support: Closed in observance of the New Year’s Day holiday.

Tuesday, Jan. 2
USPS: Regular Post Office hours and mail delivery resume.

Stamps.com Support: Telephone support available 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Pacific.

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