USPS To Increase Shipping Rates For Holiday Peak Starting October 3

August 16th, 2021 Comments off

The U.S. Postal Service has announced their peak holiday shipping rate increase to start on Sunday, October 3, 2021 through Sunday, December 26, 2021. The USPS introduced the peak holiday shipping rate increase in 2020, after UPS and FedEx introduced peak period increases in 2019. All three carriers noted the peak rate increase was due to higher expenses related to the increased demand in holiday e-commerce activity.

The USPS peak holiday rate increase will impact five specific mail classes for shippers using Commercial Base pricing (printing labels online) – Priority Mail Express, Priority Mail, First Class Package Service, Parcel Select and Parcel Return Service. New for 2021, the Peak holiday rate increase will also include Post Office (retail) shipping rates. International shipping products will not be impacted.

Listed below are the 2021 USPS holiday rate increases for customers buying postage online (Commercial Base pricing):

First Class Package Service - 2021 Holiday/Peak Increase Per Package
Mailpiece WeightZones 1 & 2Zone 3Zone 4Zone 5Zone 6Zone 7Zone 8Zone 9
1 ounce$0.30$0.30$0.30$0.30$0.30$0.30$0.30$0.30
2 ounces$0.30$0.30$0.30$0.30$0.30$0.30$0.30$0.30
3 ounces$0.30$0.30$0.30$0.30$0.30$0.30$0.30$0.30
4 ounces$0.30$0.30$0.30$0.30$0.30$0.30$0.30$0.30
5 ounces$0.30$0.30$0.30$0.30$0.30$0.30$0.30$0.30
6 ounces$0.30$0.30$0.30$0.30$0.30$0.30$0.30$0.30
7 ounces$0.30$0.30$0.30$0.30$0.30$0.30$0.30$0.30
8 ounces$0.30$0.30$0.30$0.30$0.30$0.30$0.30$0.30
9 ounces$0.30$0.30$0.30$0.30$0.30$0.30$0.30$0.30
10 ounces$0.30$0.30$0.30$0.30$0.30$0.30$0.30$0.30
11 ounces$0.30$0.30$0.30$0.30$0.30$0.30$0.30$0.30
12 ounces$0.30$0.30$0.30$0.30$0.30$0.30$0.30$0.30
13 ounces$0.30$0.30$0.30$0.30$0.30$0.30$0.30$0.30
14 ounces$0.30$0.30$0.30$0.30$0.30$0.30$0.30$0.30
15 ounces$0.30$0.30$0.30$0.30$0.30$0.30$0.30$0.30
15.999 ounces$0.30$0.30$0.30$0.30$0.30$0.30$0.30$0.30

First Class Package Service will see an average rate increase of 8.0%. A 15.999 ounce package going to Zone 8 using First Class Package Service will cost $6.28 in the 2021 peak holiday period (October 3 through December 26, 2021), compared to $5.98 currently.

Priority Mail, Priority Mail Express & Parcel Select Ground - 2021 Holiday/Peak Increase Per Package

Weight (lbs.)Zones 1 & 2Zone 3Zone 4Zone 5Zone 6Zone 7Zone 8Zone 9
0-10 lbs.$0.25$0.25$0.25$0.75$0.75$0.75$0.75$0.75
11-20 lbs.$1.50$1.50$1.50$3.00$3.00$3.00$3.00$3.00
21-70 lbs.$2.50$2.50$2.50$5.00$5.00$5.00$5.00$5.00

Priority Mail will see an average rate increase of 6.3%. A 1 lb. package going to Zone 8 using Priority Mail will cost $9.55 in the 2021 holiday period (October 3 through December 26, 2021), compared to $8.80 currently.

Priority Mail Express will see an average rate increase of 2.2%. A 1 lb. package going to Zone 8 using Priority Mail Express will cost $40.60 in the 2021 holiday period (October 3 through December 26, 2021), compared to $39.85 currently.

Parcel Select Ground will see an average rate increase of 6.2%. A 1 lb. package going to Zone 8 using Parcel Select Ground will cost $8.90 in the 2021 holiday period (October 3 through December 26, 2021), compared to $8.15 currently.

Priority Mail Regional Rate - 2021 Holiday/Peak Increase Per Package

Box TypeZones 1 & 2Zone 3Zone 4Zone 5Zone 6Zone 7Zone 8Zone 9
Box A$0.25$0.25$0.25$0.75$0.75$0.75$0.75$0.75
Box B$0.25$0.25$0.25$0.75$0.75$0.75$0.75$0.75

Priority Mail Regional Rate prices are increasing by $0.40 per shipment. A 1 lb. package going to Zone 8 using Priority Mail Regional Rate Box A will cost $13.39 in the 2021 holiday period (October 3 through December 26, 2021), compared to $12.64 currently.

Priority Mail Flat Rate - 2021 Holiday/Peak Increase Per Package

MailpieceCurrentPeak 2021Increase
Flat Rate Envelope$7.40$8.15$0.75
Legal Flat Rate Envelope$7.70$8.45$0.75
Padded Flat Rate Envelope$8.00$8.75$0.75
Small Flat Rate Box$7.90$8.65$0.75
Medium Flat Rate Box$13.75$14.50$0.75
Large Flat Rate Box$19.30$20.05$0.75
APO/FPO Large Flat Rate Box$17.80$18.55$0.75

Priority Mail Flat Rate boxes and envelopes are increasing by $0.75 per shipment. A Priority Mail Medium Flat Rate package going to Zone 8 will cost $14.50 in the 2021 holiday period (October 3 through December 26, 2021), compared to $13.75 currently.

Priority Mail Express Flat Rate - 2021 Holiday/Peak Increase Per Envelope

MailpieceCurrentPeak 2021Increase
Flat Rate Envelope$22.75$23.50$0.75
Legal Flat Rate Envelope$22.95$23.70$0.75
Padded Flat Rate Envelope$23.25$24.00$0.75

Priority Mail Express Flat Rate envelopes are increasing by $0.75 per shipment. A Priority Mail Express Padded Flat Rate Envelope going to Zone 8 will cost $24.00 in the 2021 holiday period (October 3 through December 26, 2021), compared to $23.25 currently.

Get more info on the USPS holiday peak shipping rate increase.

USPS to Implement Second Postage Rate Increase in 2021

June 4th, 2021 Comments off
August 2021 USPS Price Increase

The U.S. Postal Service has proposed a second 2021 postage rate increase for mailing services (letters, postcards) to be implemented on Sunday, August 29, 2021 subject to approval by the Postal Regulatory Commission. This would be the second USPS postage rate increase of 2021, with the first rate increase going into effect on January 24, 2021.

It’s important to note the August 2021 rate increase only impacts “Market Dominant” products, which are mail services such as First Class Mail letters, postcards and mailing services. The USPS DID NOT include package services such as First Class Package Service or Priority Mail, which are known as “Competitive” products. (This could change as additional USPS announcements are expected.)

Listed below are the highlights of the proposed August 2021 USPS rate increase:

  • The rate for a First Class Mail Letter (1 oz.) for postage purchased at the Post Office will increase 3 cents to $0.58 from $0.55. Each additional ounce for First Class Mail will cost $0.20, no change from the January through July 2021 period.
  • If you print postage online (via Stamps.com), the Metered Mail rate for a First Class Mail Letter (1 oz.) will increase by 2 cents to $0.53 from $0.51.
  • With a 5 cents discount, printing postage online using the Metered Mail rate provides a 9% discount off the Post Office price.

First Class Mail Letter Rates - as of August 29, 2021

INCREASE PER LETTER - Jan 2021 Rates vs. Aug 2021 Rates
Mailpiece WeightJan 2021Aug 2021Increase
Letters - 1 oz.$0.55$0.58$0.03
Letters - Additional Ounces$0.20$0.20No Change
Metered Mail Letters (Stamps.com Rate) - 1 oz.$0.51$0.53$0.02
Metered Mail Letters (Stamps.com Rate) - Additional Ounces$0.20$0.20No Change
Flat/Large Envelope - 1 oz.$1.00$1.16$0.16
Flat/Large Envelope - Additional Ounces$0.20$0.20No Change
Postcards$0.36$0.40$0.04
International Letters - 1 oz. (County Groups 1-9)$1.20$1.30$0.10
International Postcard (County Groups 1-9)$1.20$1.30$0.10
International Flats - 1 oz. (Country Groups 1-9)$2.40$2.60$0.20

Domestic mail services are increase in August 2021. Certified Mail is increasing to $3.75 from $3.60, a $0.15 increase. And Registered Mail is increasing to $13.75 from $12.90, an $0.85 increase.

Domestic Mail Extra Services - as of August 29, 2021

INCREASE PER SERVICE - Jan 2021 Rates vs. Aug 2021 Rates
Mailpiece WeightJan-21Aug-21Increase
Certified Mail$3.60$3.75$0.15
Certified Mail Restricted Delivery$9.15$9.75$0.60
Registered Mail$12.90 and up$13.75 and up$0.85
Signature Confirmation - Mail$3.20$3.45$0.25
Signature Confirmation - Electronic$2.70$2.90$0.20
Return Receipt - Mail$2.85$3.05$0.20
Return Receipt - Electronic$1.75$1.85$0.10
Adult Signature Required$6.90$6.90No Change
Adult Signature Required, Restricted Delivery$7.15$7.15No Change
Package Intercept$15.25$15.25No Change
Pickup on Demand$25.00$25.00No Change
USPS Tracking Plus - Scan RetentionStarts at $2.10Starts at $2.10No Change
USPS Tracking Plus - Scan + Signature RetentionStarts at $4.59Starts at $4.59No Change

Media Mail rates will increase by an average of 10.865% in August 2021. A 1 lb. package traveling to Zone 8 will be $3.19 in August 2021 from $2.89 in January 2021, an increase of 30 cents.

USPS Media Mail Rates - as of August 29, 2021

INCREASE PER PACKAGE - Jan 2021 Rates vs. Aug 2021 Rates
WeightJan-21Aug-21Increase
1 lb.$2.89$3.19$0.30
2 lbs.$3.45$3.82$0.37
3 lbs.$4.01$4.45$0.44
4 lbs.$4.57$5.08$0.51
5 lbs.$5.13$5.71$0.58
6 lbs.$5.69$6.34$0.65
7 lbs.$6.25$6.97$0.72
8 lbs.$6.81$7.60$0.79
9 lbs.$7.37$8.23$0.86
10 lbs.$7.93$8.86$0.93

Stamps.com Will Automatically Update to the New USPS Rates on August 29, 2021

Once the rates are approved by the PRC, Stamps.com will automatically update all USPS rates inside the software and web-based version (Stamps.com Online) on Sunday, August 29, 2021.

If you are a Stamps.com customer, no additional actions are needed and you will AUTOMATICALLY see the 2021 USPS rates in the platform.

Stamps.com Automatically Updated with New 2020 USPS Rates

January 27th, 2020 Comments off

The new 2020 USPS postage rates are now in effect and Stamps.com software is automatically updated with the new USPS pricing. No action is required for Stamps.com customers, so you can focus on mailing and shipping uninterrupted.

Below you can see a summary of the new rates, along with a comparison of last year’s rates. For more information about USPS, rates check out our 2020 USPS Rate Increase Guide.

 

First Class Mail Letters

2020 Rates vs. 2019 Rates

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Mailpiece Weight 2020 2019 Increase
Letters – 1 oz. $0.55 $0.55 $0.00
Letters – Additional Ounces $0.15 $0.15 $0.00
Metered Mail Letters (Stamps.com Rate) – 1 oz. $0.50 $0.50 $0.00
Metered Mail Letters (Stamps.com Rate) – Additional Ounces $0.15 $0.15 $0.00
Flat/Large Envelope – 1 oz. $1.00 $1.00 $0.00
Flat/Large Envelope – Additional Ounces $0.20 $0.15 $0.05
Postcards $0.35 $0.35 $0.00
International Letters – 1 oz. (County Groups 1-9) $1.15 $1.15 $0.00
International Postcard (County Groups 1-9) $1.15 $1.15 $0.00

 

Priority Mail Express (Commercial Base Pricing)

INCREASE PER PACKAGE – 2020 Rates vs. 2019 Rates

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Weight (lbs.) Zones 1/2 Zone 3 Zone 4 Zone 5 Zone 6 Zone 7 Zone 8 Zone 9
0.5 $0.07 $0.57 $0.56 $0.79 $0.87 $0.95 $1.37 $2.28
1 $0.26 $1.43 $-1.21 $-0.91 $0.36 $0.28 $1.53 $2.50
2 $0.47 $1.63 $-0.40 $0.94 $2.51 $2.48 $3.44 $5.18
3 $0.67 $2.30 $-0.96 $0.42 $2.18 $2.04 $3.10 $4.75
4 $0.88 $2.35 $0.08 $-0.16 $2.15 $1.84 $2.79 $4.40
5 $0.09 $0.76 $0.99 $1.49 $1.64 $1.79 $2.56 $4.18

 

Priority Mail Express Flat (Commercial Base Pricing)

2020 Rates vs. 2019 Rates

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Mailpiece 2020 2019 Increase
Flat Rate Envelope $22.75 $22.68 $0.07
Legal Flat Rate Envelope $22.95 $22.80 $0.15
Padded Flat Rate Envelope $23.25 $23.18 $0.07

 

Priority Mail – 2020 Rates (Commercial Base Pricing)

INCREASE PER PACKAGE – 2020 Rates vs. 2019 Rates

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Weight (lbs.) Zones 1 & 2 Zone 3 Zone 4 Zone 5 Zone 6 Zone 7 Zone 8 Zone 9
1 $0.07 $0.07 $0.07 $0.15 $0.16 $0.16 $0.17 $1.49
2 $0.22 $0.23 $0.24 $0.26 $0.29 $0.31 $0.33 $2.28
3 $0.23 $0.24 $0.25 $0.28 $0.35 $0.39 $0.46 $3.09
4 $0.23 $0.25 $0.26 $0.30 $0.41 $0.47 $0.53 $3.72
5 $0.23 $0.25 $0.27 $0.31 $0.47 $0.54 $0.61 $4.33

 

Priority Mail Flat Rates (Commercial Base Pricing)

2020 Rates vs. 2019 Rates

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Mailpiece 2020 2019 Increase
Flat Rate Envelope $7.15 $6.95 $0.20
Legal Flat Rate Envelope $7.45 $7.25 $0.20
Padded Flat Rate Envelope $7.75 $7.55 $0.20
Small Flat Rate Box $7.65 $7.50 $0.15
Medium Flat Rate Box $13.20 $12.80 $0.40
Large Flat Rate Box $18.30 $17.60 $0.70
APO/FPO Large Flat Rate Box $16.80 $16.10 $0.70

 

Priority Mail Regional Rate Boxes (Commercial Base Pricing)

INCREASE PER PACKAGE – 2020 rates vs. 2019 rates

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Box Type Zones 1 & 2 Zone 3 Zone 4 Zone 5 Zone 6 Zone 7 Zone 8 Zone 9
A $0.03 $0.07 $0.09 $0.16 $0.42 $0.58 $0.90 $3.05
B $0.02 $0.01 $0.02 $0.88 $0.57 $0.74 $0.86 $4.65

 

First Class Package Service (Commercial Base Pricing)

INCREASE PER PACKAGE – 2020 Rates vs. 2019 Rates

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Mailpiece Weight Zones 1 & 2 Zone 3 Zone 4 Zone 5 Zone 6 Zone 7 Zone 8 Zone 9
1 ounce $0.08 $0.08 $0.08 $0.08 $0.09 $0.09 $0.09 $0.09
2 ounces $0.08 $0.08 $0.08 $0.08 $0.09 $0.09 $0.09 $0.09
3 ounces $0.08 $0.08 $0.08 $0.08 $0.09 $0.09 $0.09 $0.09
4 ounces $0.08 $0.08 $0.08 $0.08 $0.09 $0.09 $0.09 $0.09
5 ounces $0.03 $0.03 $0.03 $0.03 $0.03 $0.03 $0.04 $0.04
6 ounces $0.03 $0.03 $0.03 $0.03 $0.03 $0.03 $0.04 $0.04
7 ounces $0.03 $0.03 $0.03 $0.03 $0.03 $0.03 $0.04 $0.04
8 ounces $0.03 $0.03 $0.03 $0.03 $0.03 $0.03 $0.04 $0.04
9 ounces $0.11 $0.12 $0.12 $0.12 $0.12 $0.13 $0.13 $0.13
10 ounces $0.11 $0.12 $0.12 $0.12 $0.12 $0.13 $0.13 $0.13
11 ounces $0.11 $0.12 $0.12 $0.12 $0.12 $0.13 $0.13 $0.13
12 ounces $0.11 $0.12 $0.12 $0.12 $0.12 $0.13 $0.13 $0.13
13 ounces $0.10 $0.10 $0.10 $0.15 $0.16 $0.16 $0.17 $0.17
14 ounces $0.10 $0.10 $0.10 $0.15 $0.16 $0.16 $0.17 $0.17
15 ounces $0.10 $0.10 $0.10 $0.15 $0.16 $0.16 $0.17 $0.17
15.999 ounces $0.10 $0.10 $0.10 $0.15 $0.16 $0.16 $0.17 $0.17

 

Parcel Select Ground (Commercial Base Pricing)

INCREASE PER PACKAGE – 2020 Rates vs. 2019 Rates

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Weight
(lbs.)
Zones 1 & 2 Zone 3 Zone 4 Zone 5 Zone 6 Zone 7 Zone 8 Zone 9
1 $0.07 $0.07 $0.07 $0.15 $0.16 $0.16 $0.17 $0.17
2 $0.22 $0.23 $0.24 $0.26 $0.29 $0.31 $0.33 $0.33
3 $0.23 $0.24 $0.25 $0.28 $0.35 $0.39 $0.46 $0.46
4 $0.23 $0.25 $0.26 $0.30 $0.41 $0.47 $0.53 $0.53
5 $0.23 $0.25 $0.27 $0.31 $0.47 $0.54 $0.61 $0.61
6 $0.24 $0.25 $0.28 $0.41 $0.54 $0.62 $0.71 $0.71
7 $0.24 $0.28 $0.28 $0.46 $0.60 $0.70 $0.80 $0.80
8 $0.25 $0.30 $0.33 $0.51 $0.65 $0.78 $0.90 $0.90
9 $0.27 $0.31 $0.35 $0.54 $0.71 $0.84 $1.00 $1.00
10 $0.38 $0.43 $0.47 $0.79 $1.03 $1.24 $1.46 $1.46

 

Media Mail

2020 Rates vs. 2019 Rates

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Weight
(lbs.)
2020 2019 Increase
1 $2.80 $2.75 $0.05
2 $3.33 $3.27 $0.06
3 $3.86 $3.79 $0.07
4 $4.39 $4.31 $0.08
5 $4.92 $4.83 $0.09
6 $5.45 $5.35 $0.10
7 $5.98 $5.87 $0.11
8 $6.52 $6.39 $0.13
9 $7.06 $6.91 $0.15
10 $7.60 $7.43 $0.17
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USPS International Shipping Rates for 2020

October 23rd, 2019 Comments off

The USPS has proposed new postage rates to be implemented on Sunday, January 26, 2020, subject to approval by the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC). In our earlier analysis, we showcased the 2020 postage rate increase for domestic letters and packages. This analysis highlights the 2019 USPS rate increase for INTERNATIONAL shipping services.

First Class Package International Service - 2020 Rates

INCREASE PER PACKAGE - 2020 Rates vs. 2019 Rates
Countries Including:CanadaMexicoAustralia, Japan, ChinaRussia, Turkey, CzechUK, Germany, France
Country Group12345
1 lb.$3.32$0.23$4.03$1.43$0.48
2 lbs.$3.32$0.23$4.03$1.43$0.48
3 lbs.$5.46$0.24$7.60$3.57$1.42
4 lbs.$10.69$4.03$13.78$3.56$0.71
INCREASE PER PACKAGE - 2020 Rates vs. 2019 Rates
Countries Including:India, Taiwan, SingaporeSouth Africa, TanzaniaEgypt, QatarBrazil, Peru, Argentina
Country Group6789
1 lb.$0.95$2.14$2.62$0.95
2 lbs.$0.95$2.14$2.62$0.95
3 lbs.$1.67$3.33$5.47$1.90
4 lbs.$0.24$3.56$7.60$0.71

First-Class Package International Service™ – The overall increase for First-Class Package International Service (FCPIS) prices will be 9.9%.

  • Delivery to Canada (Country Group 1) is seeing a large rate increase.  A FCPIS 1 lb. package to Canada is increasing by $3.32 to $19.71 from $16.39 in 2019. A FCPIS 3 lb. package to Canada is increasing by $5.46 to $30.40 from $24.94 in 2019.
  • Delivery to Australia/Asia (Country Group 3) will also see a large rate increase. A 1 lb. package to Australia/Asia is increasing by $4.03 to 26.36 from 22.33 in 2019. A 3 lb. package to Australia/Asia is increasing by $7.60, to $40.85 from $33.25 in 2019.

Priority Mail International CANADA - 2020 Rates

INCREASE PER PACKAGE - 2020 Rates vs. 2019 Rates
Weight Not Over (lbs.)20202019Increase
1 lb.$34.53$32.59$1.94
2 lbs.$37.34$35.20$2.14
3 lbs.$40.09$37.81$2.28
4 lbs.$42.85$40.42$2.43
5 lbs.$45.60$43.04$2.56

Priority Mail International UK - 2020 Rates

INCREASE PER PACKAGE - 2020 Rates vs. 2019 Rates
Weight Not Over (lbs.)20202019Increase
1 lb.$53.34$49.97$3.37
2 lbs.$58.09$54.39$3.70
3 lbs.$62.80$58.81$3.99
4 lbs.$67.55$63.22$4.33
5 lbs.$72.30$67.64$4.66

Priority Mail International AUSTRALIA - 2020 Rates

INCREASE PER PACKAGE - 2020 Rates vs. 2019 Rates
Weight Not Over (lbs.)20202019Increase
1 lb.$51.40$48.07$3.33
2 lbs.$56.15$52.58$3.57
3 lbs.$60.85$57.10$3.75
4 lbs.$65.60$61.61$3.99
5 lbs.$70.30$66.12$4.18
  • Priority Mail International rates will be increasing by an average of 6.0% in 2019.
  • The average increase of a Priority Mail International 1 lb. package will be $2.85.
  • Priority Mail International packages to Canada are seeing an increase of 5.6% for a 1 lb. package, to $35.53 from $33.54 (Zone 1.3) in 2019.
  • Priority Mail International packages to the UK are seeing a 6.3% increase for 1 lb. package, to $53.34 from $49.97 in 2019.   
  • Priority Mail International packages to Australia are seeing a 6.5% increase for a 1 lb. package, to $51.40 from $48.07 in 2019.

Priority Mail Express International CANADA

INCREASE PER PACKAGE - 2020 Rates vs. 2019 Rates
Weight Not Over (lbs.)20202019Increase
1 lb.$46.82$45.90$0.92
2 lbs.$51.81$50.78$1.03
3 lbs.$56.80$55.67$1.13
4 lbs.$61.79$60.57$1.22
5 lbs.$66.78$65.46$1.32

Priority Mail Express International UK

INCREASE PER PACKAGE - 2020 Rates vs. 2019 Rates
Weight Not Over (lbs.)20202019Increase
1 lb.$65.31$64.07$1.24
2 lbs.$69.68$68.37$1.31
3 lbs.$74.06$72.66$1.40
4 lbs.$78.45$76.97$1.48
5 lbs.$82.83$81.27$1.56

Priority Mail Express International AUSTRALIA

INCREASE PER PACKAGE - 2020 Rates vs. 2019 Rates
Weight Not Over (lbs.)20202019Increase
1 lb.$68.83$67.53$1.30
2 lbs.$75.12$73.70$1.42
3 lbs.$81.42$79.88$1.54
4 lbs.$87.72$86.06$1.66
5 lbs.$94.00$92.23$1.77
  • Priority Mail Express International rates will be increasing by an average of 2.0% in 2019
  • The average increase of a Priority Mail Express International 1 lb. package is increasing by $2.48.
  • Priority Mail International packages to Canada are seeing an increase of 2.0% for a 1 lb. package, to $46.82 from $45.90 in 2019.
  • Priority Mail International packages to the UK are seeing an increase of 1.9% for a 1 lb. package, to $65.31 from $64.07 in 2019.
  • Priority Mail International packages to Australia are seeing an increase of 1.9% for a 1 lb. package, to $68.83 from $67.53 in 2019.

USPS Announces 2020 Postage Rate Increase

October 15th, 2019 Comments off

The U.S. Postal Service has proposed new postage rates to be implemented on Sunday, January 26, 2020, subject to approval by the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC). Listed below are the highlights of the proposed 2020 USPS rate increase for customers buying postage online for DOMESTIC letters and packages:

First Class Mail Letters - 2020 Rates

INCREASE PER LETTER - 2020 Rates vs. 2019 Rates
Mailpiece Weight20202019Increase
Letters - 1 oz.$0.55$0.55$0.00
Letters - Additional Ounces$0.15$0.15$0.00
Metered Mail Letters (Stamps.com Rate) - 1 oz.$0.50$0.50$0.00
Metered Mail Letters (Stamps.com Rate) - Additional Ounces$0.15$0.15$0.00
Flat/Large Envelope - 1 oz.$1.00$1.00$0.00
Flat/Large Envelope - Additional Ounces$0.20$0.15$0.05
Postcards$0.35$0.35$0.00
International Letters - 1 oz. (County Groups 1-9)$1.15$1.15$0.00
International Postcard (County Groups 1-9)$1.15$1.15$0.00

The rate for a First Class Mail Letter (1 oz.) for postage purchased at the Post Office is NOT INCREASING in 2020, remaining at $0.55. If you print postage online (via Stamps.com), the Metered Mail rate will also NOT BE INCREASING, with rates remaining at $0.50 in 2020, a 5 cent discount off the Post Office price. Each additional ounce will cost $0.15 (no change from 2019).

The starting rate for a First Class Mail Flats/Large Envelope is NOT INCREASING in 2020 with the price remaining at $1.00 (1 oz.). Each additional ounce will cost $0.20 (a 5 cent increase from 2019). Postcards will remain at $0.35 in 2020.

Priority Mail Express - 2020 Rates (Commercial Base Pricing)

INCREASE PER PACKAGE - 2020 Rates vs. 2019 Rates
Weight (lbs.)Zones 1/2Zone 3Zone 4Zone 5Zone 6Zone 7Zone 8Zone 9
0.5$0.07$0.57$0.56$0.79$0.87$0.95$1.37$2.28
1$0.26$1.43$-1.21$-0.91$0.36$0.28$1.53$2.50
2$0.47$1.63$-0.40$0.94$2.51$2.48$3.44$5.18
3$0.67$2.30$-0.96$0.42$2.18$2.04$3.10$4.75
4$0.88$2.35$0.08$-0.16$2.15$1.84$2.79$4.40
5$0.09$0.76$0.99$1.49$1.64$1.79$2.56$4.18

Overall, prices for Priority Mail Express will increase by 2.2%. A 1 lb. package going to Zone 8 using Priority Mail Express will cost $38.05 in 2020 compared to $36.52 currently.

Priority Mail Express Flat Rate - 2020 Rates (Commercial Base Pricing)

INCREASE PER PACKAGE - 2020 Rates vs. 2019 Rates
Mailpiece20202019Increase
Flat Rate Envelope$22.75$22.68$0.07
Legal Flat Rate Envelope$22.95$22.80$0.15
Padded Flat Rate Envelope$23.25$23.18$0.07

Priority Mail Express Flat Rate Envelopes will also see a rate increase in 2020. The increases vary depending on the type of envelope, ranging from $0.07 to $0.15 per envelope.

Priority Mail - 2020 Rates (Commercial Base Pricing)

INCREASE PER PACKAGE - 2020 Rates vs. 2019 Rates
Weight (lbs.)Zones 1 & 2Zone 3Zone 4Zone 5Zone 6Zone 7Zone 8Zone 9
1$0.07$0.07$0.07$0.15$0.16$0.16$0.17$1.49
2$0.22$0.23$0.24$0.26$0.29$0.31$0.33$2.28
3$0.23$0.24$0.25$0.28$0.35$0.39$0.46$3.09
4$0.23$0.25$0.26$0.30$0.41$0.47$0.53$3.72
5$0.23$0.25$0.27$0.31$0.47$0.54$0.61$4.33

Priority Mail will see an average increase of 2.8%. A 1 lb. package going to Zone 8 using Priority Mail will cost $8.42 in 2020 compared to $8.25 currently.

For 1 and 2 lb. packages, the Priority Mail rate increases are modest with a maximum increase of $0.17 for 1 lb. Zone 8, costing $8.42 (increase of 2.0%) and an increase of $0.33 for 2 lb. Zone 8 to $11.19 (increase of 2.9%). For packages weighing 4 lbs. or more, the rate increase are much more significant with increases of at least $0.53 per package.

Priority Mail Flat Rate - 2020 Rates (Commercial Base Pricing)

INCREASE PER PACKAGE - 2020 Rates vs. 2019 Rates
Mailpiece20202019Increase
Flat Rate Envelope$7.15$6.95$0.20
Legal Flat Rate Envelope$7.45$7.25$0.20
Padded Flat Rate Envelope$7.75$7.55$0.20
Small Flat Rate Box$7.65$7.50$0.15
Medium Flat Rate Box$13.20$12.80$0.40
Large Flat Rate Box$18.30$17.60$0.70
APO/FPO Large Flat Rate Box$16.80$16.10$0.70

Postage rates for Priority Mail Flat Rate products will increase in 2020. The popular Priority Mail Flat Rate Padded Envelope will cost $7.75 in 2020 compared to $7.55 currently, a $0.20 increase. Rates for the Priority Mail Medium Flat Rate Box will increase 40 cents, to $13.20 from $12.80 currently. Rates for the Large Flat Rate Box will increase 70 cents, to $18.30 from $17.60 currently.

Priority Mail Regional Rate Boxes - 2020 Rates (Commercial Base Pricing)

INCREASE PER PACKAGE - 2020 rates vs. 2019 rates
Box TypeZones 1 & 2Zone 3Zone 4Zone 5Zone 6Zone 7Zone 8Zone 9
A$0.03$0.07$0.09$0.16$0.42$0.58$0.90$3.05
B$0.02$0.01$0.02$0.88$0.57$0.74$0.86$4.65

Rates for Priority Mail Regional Rate Boxes will be increasing for all shipping zones in 2020. A 5 lb. package going to Zone 8 using Regional Rate Box A will increase by $0.90 to $12.10 in 2020 compared to $11.20 currently.

Regional Rate Box A packages traveling shorter distances (up to Zone 5) are seeing a modest increase of up to 16 cents. Packages traveling to farther shipping zones are increasing much more – Zone 6 is seeing a 42 cents increase, Zone 7 is seeing a 58 cents increase and Zone 8 is seeing a 90 cents increase.

First Class Package Service - 2020 Rates (Commercial Base Pricing)

INCREASE PER PACKAGE - 2020 Rates vs. 2019 Rates
Mailpiece WeightZones 1 & 2Zone 3Zone 4Zone 5Zone 6Zone 7Zone 8Zone 9
1 ounce$0.08$0.08$0.08$0.08$0.09$0.09$0.09$0.09
2 ounces$0.08$0.08$0.08$0.08$0.09$0.09$0.09$0.09
3 ounces$0.08$0.08$0.08$0.08$0.09$0.09$0.09$0.09
4 ounces$0.08$0.08$0.08$0.08$0.09$0.09$0.09$0.09
5 ounces$0.03$0.03$0.03$0.03$0.03$0.03$0.04$0.04
6 ounces$0.03$0.03$0.03$0.03$0.03$0.03$0.04$0.04
7 ounces$0.03$0.03$0.03$0.03$0.03$0.03$0.04$0.04
8 ounces$0.03$0.03$0.03$0.03$0.03$0.03$0.04$0.04
9 ounces$0.11$0.12$0.12$0.12$0.12$0.13$0.13$0.13
10 ounces$0.11$0.12$0.12$0.12$0.12$0.13$0.13$0.13
11 ounces$0.11$0.12$0.12$0.12$0.12$0.13$0.13$0.13
12 ounces$0.11$0.12$0.12$0.12$0.12$0.13$0.13$0.13
13 ounces$0.10$0.10$0.10$0.15$0.16$0.16$0.17$0.17
14 ounces$0.10$0.10$0.10$0.15$0.16$0.16$0.17$0.17
15 ounces$0.10$0.10$0.10$0.15$0.16$0.16$0.17$0.17
15.999 ounces$0.10$0.10$0.10$0.15$0.16$0.16$0.17$0.17

Overall rates for First Class Package Service will increase by 2.2%. A 15.999 ounce package for First Class Package Service traveling to zone 8 will increase $0.17 to $5.70 in 2020 from $5.53 currently.

Packages that weigh 9 to 15.999 ounces are all seeing increases of 10 cents or more. A package weighing 15.999 ounces traveling to Zone 8 is seeing an increase of 17 cents (3.0%) to $5.70 in 2020 from $5.53 in 2019.

Parcel Select Ground - 2020 Rates (Commercial Base Pricing)

INCREASE PER PACKAGE - 2020 Rates vs. 2019 Rates
Weight
(lbs.)
Zones 1 & 2Zone 3Zone 4Zone 5Zone 6Zone 7Zone 8Zone 9
1$0.07$0.07$0.07$0.15$0.16$0.16$0.17$0.17
2$0.22$0.23$0.24$0.26$0.29$0.31$0.33$0.33
3$0.23$0.24$0.25$0.28$0.35$0.39$0.46$0.46
4$0.23$0.25$0.26$0.30$0.41$0.47$0.53$0.53
5$0.23$0.25$0.27$0.31$0.47$0.54$0.61$0.61
6$0.24$0.25$0.28$0.41$0.54$0.62$0.71$0.71
7$0.24$0.28$0.28$0.46$0.60$0.70$0.80$0.80
8$0.25$0.30$0.33$0.51$0.65$0.78$0.90$0.90
9$0.27$0.31$0.35$0.54$0.71$0.84$1.00$1.00
10$0.38$0.43$0.47$0.79$1.03$1.24$1.46$1.46

Overall rates for Parcel Select Ground will increase by 2.5% in 2020. A 2 lb. package going to Zone 8 will increase $0.33 to $10.89 in 2020 from $10.56 currently.

NEW: Parcel Select Ground rates are now cheaper than Priority Mail for all weights and shipping zones. For a 2 lb. package traveling to Zone 8, Parcel Select is cheaper by 30 cents ($10.89) compared to Priority Mail ($11.19).

Media Mail - 2020 Rates

INCREASE PER PACKAGE - 2020 Rates vs. 2019 Rates
Weight
(lbs.)
20202019Increase
1$2.80$2.75$0.05
2$3.33$3.27$0.06
3$3.86$3.79$0.07
4$4.39$4.31$0.08
5$4.92$4.83$0.09
6$5.45$5.35$0.10
7$5.98$5.87$0.11
8$6.52$6.39$0.13
9$7.06$6.91$0.15
10$7.60$7.43$0.17

Media Mail rates will increase by 1.9% in 2020. A 1 lb. package traveling to Zone 8 will increase 5 cents, to $2.80 in 2020 compared to $2.75 currently.

Stamps.com Will Automatically Update to the New USPS Rates on January 26, 2020
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