Stamps.com has released the “2013 USPS Postage Rate Increase Guide” to help small business owners understand the postage rate increase that went into effect on January 27, 2013.
The FREE guide contains 15 pages of detailed information on postage rates for each USPS mail class, including special services.
The USPS Postage Rate Increase Guide provides:
- Description of the 2013 rate increases for each USPS mail class
- Introduces new USPS services for 2013 including Standard Post and First Class Package International Service
- Includes links to USPS mail class rate charts
The guide is free and can be downloaded at:
The USPS postage rate increase goes into effect on January 27, 2013. Stamps.com is hosting a free webinar for small business owners and e-commerce sellers to discuss how the USPS postage rate increase will affect mailing and shipping costs in 2013.
What: Free webinar on 2013 USPS Postage Rate Increase
When: Monday, January 28 at 11:00 a.m. PT/2:00 p.m. ET
Where: Register for FREE at https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/568309578
- Information on all USPS mail class rate increases
- Compare the new USPS rates to private carrier increases
- Learn about the new USPS products for 2013 including Standard Post and First Class Package International Service
- Find out about international changes to USPS Flat Rate service
- Learn how you can lower costs using exclusive online postage discounts
The U.S. Postal Service has proposed new 2013 shipping rates that are expected to start on Sunday, January 27, 2013 pending Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) approval.
Domestic Mail – Changes for 2013
First Class Letters – Letters (1 oz.): 1 cent increase to $0.46 cents from $0.45 cents
Postcards: 1 cent increase to $0.33 cents from $0.32 cents
Express Mail: USPS retail rates (Post Office) for Express Mail will increase an average of 5.9% in 2013
Priority Mail: Priority Mail retail prices will increase an average of 6.3% in 2013. Commercial Base pricing (online discounted rates) will only be increasing 3.7%
First Class Package Service: USPS retail rates for First Class Package Service will see an average increase of 3.0% in 2013
Parcel Post (renamed Standard Post): Prices for Standard Post will increase an average of 6.3%
Parcel Select: Prices for Parcel Select will increase an average of 9.0%
Certified Mail: Prices for Certified Mail will increase by 5.1%
Other Changes for 2013:
- First Class Mail Global Forever Stamp (1 oz.) is being introduced. Service will provide letter delivery worldwide for $1.10
- Parcel Post being renamed Standard Post, and now will include FREE package tracking and delivery information.
- First Class Mail International is being renamed First Class Package Service International and is being transferred to the “competitive product list” which allows the mail class to be eligible for Commercial Base pricing (online rate discounts). 2013 rates are seeing a significant increase, with rates increasing as much as 60% for packages that weigh up to 1 lb.
- Free Flat Rate packaging supplies will now be eligible for faster delivery by paying an expedited service fee of $2.50
- Creation of a USPS Mail Services Promotions Calendar. Building on previous barcode and mobile commerce promotions, the USPS has developed a full year of promotions including mobile coupon delivery, a click-to-call program, and discounted rates for product sampling along with others that run throughout 2013.
Download the proposed 2013 USPS postage rates directly from the USPS site.
Stamps.com Will Automatically Include New Rates on January 27, 2013
Stamps.com makes it easy to prepare for the postal rate change by automatically applying these new prices starting on Sunday, January 27, 2013. Additionally, Stamps.com customers will continue to receive Commercial Base pricing discounts to help lower your shipping costs in 2013.