2020 USPS Postage Rate Increase FAQs

January 22nd, 2020 Comments off

The 2020 USPS postage rate increase is just around the corner. Here are some FAQs to help you better understand the upcoming changes.

When do the new USPS rates start?

The 2020 USPS postage rates go into effect on Sunday, January 26, 2020.

Is the price of a First Class Mail letter (1 oz.) increasing in 2020?

First Class Mail letter (1 oz.) rates ARE NOT increasing for 2020.  If you purchase postage at the Post Office, the rate will remain $0.55.  If you print postage online (via Stamps. com), the Metered Mail rate will remain $0.50 in 2020, a 5 cent discount off the Post Office price. Each additional ounce will cost $0.15 (no change from 2019).

When printing postage online for First Class Mail letters, do I get a discounted rate?

Yes, customers who print postage using Stamps.com save 5 cents per letter, paying only $0.50 instead of $0.55 (Post Office rate) – a 9% savings! This discount is known as the “Metered Mail” rate and is available for all postage printed using an approved PC Postage/online postage vendor such as Stamps.com or through a postage meter.

Can I buy $0.50 “Metered Mail” rate postage stamps at the Post Office?

No, the “Metered Mail” rate of $0.50 postage stamps can only be printed using an approved PC Postage/online postage vendor such as Stamps.com or through a postage meter. The “Metered Mail” $0.50 stamps cannot be purchased at the Post Office.

When printing shipping labels online, do I get a discounted rate?

Yes, customers who print postage online automatically qualify for discounted shipping rates (known as Commercial Base pricing) when purchasing Priority Mail, Priority Mail Express or First Class Package Service. This discount applies for both domestic and international deliveries. These discounted rates are automatically calculated when you print a shipping label inside the Stamps.com platform.

What is the maximum weight of First Class Package Service?

The maximum weight for First Class Package Service is 15.999 ounces. It’s important to note that 15.999 ounces is lower than 1 lb. (16 ounces). When packages that use First Class Package Service are determined to weigh 16 ounces or more, the USPS will automatically increase the mail service to Priority Mail, and the additional cost will be taken out of your Stamps.com account.

Does Stamps.com have an option to ship merchandise using First Class Mail International Large Envelopes/ Flats?

Yes! Stamps.com provides a service for online retailers to ship merchandise in a Large Envelope/Flat to an International destination at a significant cost savings compared to First Class Package International Service. The savings can be $10.00 or higher using International Flats compared to First Class Package International Service.

Did the USPS Dimensional (DIM) Weight divisor change?

Yes, back in June 2019, the USPS changed the DIM divisor for packages over 1 cubic foot (1,728 cubic inches) from 194 to 166.  DIM pricing is applied to all packages over 1 cubic foot for Priority Mail, Priority Mail Express and Parcel Select Ground.

The USPS was in the news regarding international shipping and the Universal Postal Union. Has anything changed with USPS International Shipping?

In September 2019, the Universal Postal Union (UPU) agreed to allow certain countries, including the U.S., to change the international shipping rates for small packages/bulky letters being imported into host countries. While USPS International Shipping services will remain unchanged, it’s possible the rates to ship items from the U.S. to international destinations could increase starting July 1, 2020, based on the UPU agreement.

I am a Stamps.com customer. Do I need to take any actions to get the new rates after January 26, 2020?

No, if you are a Stamps.com customer, you do not need to take any action. Stamps.com will automatically update all USPS rates inside the software and web-based version (Stamps.com Online) on Sunday, January 26, 2020.

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2020 USPS Postage Rate Increase Guide

December 28th, 2019 Comments off

Starting January 26, 2020, the USPS will implement new rates for domestic and international mail classes as well as its Special Services. Want to learn more about these changes and how they may impact your mailing and shipping? We’ve created a new guide for our customers detailing the USPS rate and service change for each mail class. This Postage Rate Increase Guide includes side-by-side rate comparisons so you know how much you’ll pay on and after January 26, whether you pay retail rates or discounted Stamps.com rates. This guide also includes general shipping suggestions and a Frequently Asked Questions page to help answer any questions you might have about this rate increase.

This guide includes 2020 postage rates for:

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2019 USPS Postage Rate Increase Guide – Free Download

January 11th, 2019 Comments off

New 2019 U.S. Postal Service rates go into effect on Sunday, January 27, 2019. Stamps.com has compiled all you need to know about 2019 USPS rates in the new 2019 USPS Postage Rate Increase Guide. This guide will help you better understand 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

Each mail class is presented with side-by-side comparisons between the current postage rates and the new 2019 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.

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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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Free: 2017 Postage Rate Increase Guide

January 16th, 2017 Comments off

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Effective January 22, 2017, the U.S. Postal Service will implement new rates for domestic and international mail classes as well as its Special Services. Want to learn more about these changes and how they may impact your mailing and shipping? We’ve created a new guide for our customers detailing the USPS rate and service change for each mail class. This Postage Rate Increase Guide includes side-by-side rate comparisons so you know how much you’ll pay on and after January 22, whether you pay retail rates or discounted Stamps.com rates. This guide also includes general shipping suggestions and a Frequently Asked Questions page to help answer any questions you might have about this rate increase.
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This guide includes 2017 postage rates for:

 

Get more info on the 2017 USPS postage rate increase.

 

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