2019 USPS Postage Rate Increase – International Shipping

November 6th, 2018 Comments off


The USPS has proposed new postage rates to be implemented on Sunday, January 27, 2019, subject to approval by the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC). The analysis below highlights the 2019 USPS rate increase for INTERNATIONAL shipping services.

FIRST CLASS PACKAGE INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
First Class Package International Service rates will be increasing by an average of 3.9% in 2019.

Price Group 1 (Canada)
• Price Group 1 is seeing a shipping rate increase ranging from $0.48 (up to 8 ounces – $9.98) to $1.66 (49 to 64 ounces /4 lbs. – $37.05)

First Class Package International Service – 2019 Rates
CANADA – Price Group 1 (CBP)
INCREASE PER PACKAGE – 2019 rates vs. 2018 rates
Weight 2019 2018 Increase
1 lb. / 16 oz. $16.39 $15.20 $1.19
2 lbs. / 32 oz. $16.39 $15.20 $1.19
3 lbs. / 48 oz. $24.94 $23.99 $0.95
4 lbs. / 64 oz. $37.05 $35.39 $1.66


Price Group 2 (Mexico) and Price Group 3 (Pacific Rim including Australia, China, Japan and South Korea)

  • For 2019, there will be no shipping rate increase for Price Group 2 or Price Group 3
First Class Package International Service – 2019 Rates
AUSTRALIA – Price Group 3 (CBP)
INCREASE PER PACKAGE – 2019 rates vs. 2018 rates
Weight 2019 2018 Increase
1 lb. / 16 oz. $22.33 $22.33 $0.00
2 lbs. / 32 oz $22.33 $22.33 $0.00
3 lbs. / 48 oz. $33.25 $33.25 $0.00
4 lbs. / 64 oz. $50.11 $50.11 $0.00

 

Price Group 4 (Eastern Europe including Russia, Czech Republic and Turkey)

  • Price Group 4 is seeing a shipping rate increase ranging from $0.48 (up to 8 ounces = $9.98) to $1.66 (49 to 64 ounces /4 lbs. = $37.05)
  • There is no rate increase for Price Group 4 for parcels weighing OVER 2 lbs.
First Class Package International Service – 2019 Rates
RUSSIA – Price Group 4 (CBP)
INCREASE PER PACKAGE – 2019 rates vs. 2018 rates
Weight 2019 2018 Increase
1 lb. / 16 oz. $22.80 $21.85 $0.95
2 lbs. / 32 oz $22.80 $21.85 $0.95
3 lbs. / 48 oz. $34.91 $34.91 $0.00
4 lbs. / 64 oz. $56.53 $56.53 $0.00


Price Group 5 (Western Europe including Germany, France, Spain and UK)

  • Parcels weighing between 33 ounces (2 lbs. 1 ounce) to 48 ounces (3 lbs.) are seeing a rate increase of $1.67, to $35.63
  • Parcels weighing between 49 ounces (3 lbs. 1 ounce) to 64 ounces (4 lbs.) are seeing a rate increase of $9.02, to $57.95
First Class Package International Service – 2019 Rates
UK – Price Group 5 (CBP)
INCREASE PER PACKAGE – 2019 rates vs. 2018 rates
Weight 2019 2018 Increase
1 lb. / 16 oz. $22.80 $22.33 $0.47
2 lbs. / 32 oz $22.80 $22.33 $0.47
3 lbs. / 48 oz. $35.63 $33.96 $1.67
4 lbs. / 64 oz. $57.95 $48.93 $9.02

 

Price Group 6 (Southeast Asia including Taiwan, India, Philippines and New Zealand)

  • Parcels weighing between 33 ounces (2 lbs. 1 ounce) to 48 ounces (3 lbs.) are seeing a rate increase of $4.03, to $36.81
  • Parcels weighing between 49 ounces (3 lbs. 1 ounce) to 64 ounces (4 lbs.) are seeing a rate increase of $7.12, to $59.85

 

Price Group 7 (Africa including Kenya, South Africa and Cameroon) and Price Group 8 (Middle East including Egypt, Jordan, UAE and Saudi Arabia)

  • For 2019, the will be no shipping rate increase for Price Group 7 and Price Group 8 for parcels weighing UNDER 2 lbs
  • For Price Group 7, parcels weighing between 33 ounces (2 lbs. 1 ounce) to 48 ounces (3 lbs.) are seeing a rate increase of $2.14, to $35.15
  • For Price Group 7, parcels weighing between 49 ounces (3 lbs. 1 ounce) to 64 ounces (4 lbs.) are NOT seeing a rate increase
  • For Price Group 8, parcels weighing between 33 ounces (2 lbs. 1 ounce) to 48 ounces (3 lbs.) are seeing a rate increase of $2.37, to $33.01
  • For Price Group 8, parcels weighing between 49 ounces (3 lbs. 1 ounce) to 64 ounces (4 lbs.) are seeing a rate increase of $2.14, to $52.19


Price Group 9 (South America including Brazil, Argentina and Costa Rica)

  • Parcels weighing between 33 ounces (2 lbs. 1 ounce) to 48 ounces (3 lbs.) are seeing a rate increase of $3.57, to $36.58
  • Parcels weighing between 49 ounces (3 lbs. 1 ounce) to 64 ounces (4 lbs.) are seeing a rate increase of $10.45, to $59.38

 

PRIORITY MAIL INTERNATIONAL
Priority Mail International rates will be increasing by an average of 3.9% in 2019.

  • Priority Mail International Flat Rate Envelopes are seeing a rate increase from $1.15 (Price Group 2 = $30.60) to $1.35 (Price Group 8 = $33.85)
  • Priority Mail International Small Flat Rate Boxes are seeing a rate increase from $1.25 (Price Group 2 = $31.90) to $1.35 (Price Group 8 = $34.85)
  • Priority Mail International Medium Flat Rate Boxes are seeing a rate increase from $2.70 (Price Group 2 = $68.70) to $2.90 (Price Group 8 = $73.90)
  • Priority Mail International Large Flat Rate Boxes are seeing a rate increase from $3.60 (Price Group 2 = $89.55) to $3.85 (Price Group 8 = $96.70)
  • Listed below are increases per package for popular shipping destinations:
Priority Mail International – 2019 Rates
CANADA – Price Group 1 (CBP)
INCREASE PER PACKAGE – 2019 rates vs. 2018 rates
Weight
(lbs.)
2019 2018 Increase
1 $32.59 $31.35 $1.24
2 $35.20 $33.87 $1.33
3 $37.81 $36.39 $1.42
4 $40.42 $38.90 $1.52
5 $43.04 $41.42 $1.62
6 $45.65 $43.94 $1.71
7 $48.26 $46.46 $1.80
8 $50.92 $48.97 $1.95
9 $53.53 $51.49 $2.04
10 $56.15 $54.01 $2.14

 

Priority Mail International – 2019 Rates
AUSTRALIA – Price Group 10 (CBP)
INCREASE PER PACKAGE – 2019 rates vs. 2018 rates
Weight
(lbs.)
2019 2018 Increase
1 $48.07 $46.08 $1.99
2 $52.58 $50.49 $2.09
3 $57.10 $54.91 $2.19
4 $61.61 $59.33 $2.28
5 $66.12 $63.75 $2.37
6 $71.20 $68.64 $2.56
7 $76.29 $73.53 $2.76
8 $81.37 $78.42 $2.95
9 $86.45 $83.32 $3.13
10 $91.58 $88.21 $3.37

 

Priority Mail International – 2019 Rates
UK – Price Group 11 (CBP)
INCREASE PER PACKAGE – 2019 rates vs. 2018 rates
Weight
(lbs.)
2019 2018 Increase
1 $49.97 $47.98 $1.99
2 $54.39 $52.20 $2.19
3 $58.81 $56.43 $2.38
4 $63.22 $60.66 $2.56
5 $67.64 $64.89 $2.75
6 $70.82 $68.07 $2.75
7 $74.01 $71.25 $2.76
8 $77.19 $74.43 $2.76
9 $80.37 $77.62 $2.75
10 $83.55 $80.80 $2.75

 

Priority Mail International – 2019 Rates
JAPAN – Price Group 12 (CBP)
INCREASE PER PACKAGE – 2019 rates vs. 2018 rates
Weight
(lbs.)
2019 2018 Increase
1 $49.21 $47.50 $1.71
2 $52.68 $50.78 $1.90
3 $56.19 $54.06 $2.13
4 $59.66 $57.33 $2.33
5 $63.13 $60.61 $2.52
6 $66.12 $63.51 $2.61
7 $69.11 $66.41 $2.70
8 $72.11 $69.30 $2.81
9 $75.10 $72.20 $2.90
10 $78.09 $75.10 $2.99

 

PRIORITY MAIL EXPRESS INTERNATIONAL
Priority Mail Express International rates will be increasing by an average of 3.9% in 2019.

  • Priority Mail Express International Flat Rate Envelopes are seeing a rate increase of $1.45 (Price Group 1 = $42.30) to $2.10 (Price Group 7 = $61.90)
  • Priority Mail Express International parcels are seeing a rate increase of $0.00 (Price Group 2 – 0.5 lb = $51.30) to $21.69 (Price Group 7 – 70 lbs at = $514.69)


GLOBAL EXPRESS GUARANTEED
Global Express Guaranteed rates will be increasing by an average of 4.9% in 2019.

  • Global Express Guaranteed parcels are seeing a rate increase of $3.13 (Price Group 1 – 0.5 lb = $64.41) to $49.92 (Price Group 8 – 70 lbs = $910.29)
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USPS Announces Postage Rate Increase – Starts January 27, 2019

October 19th, 2018 Comments off

The USPS has proposed new postage rates to be implemented on Sunday, January 27, 2019, subject to approval by the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC). Listed below are the highlights of the proposed 2019 USPS rate increase for customers buying postage online:

 

First Class Mail Letters

  • The First Class Mail letter (1 oz.) rate for postage purchased at the Post Office is increasing by five cents to $0.55 from $0.50.
  • Each additional ounce for a First Class Mail letter will cost an extra $0.15 (a decrease from $0.21 in 2018).
  • First Class Mail Flats/Large Envelope rates are not increasing in 2019, remaining at $1.00 (1 oz.), with additional ounces costing $0.15.
  • Postcard rates are also not increasing in 2019, remaining at $0.35.
  • Customers who print postage online (via Stamps.com), the Metered Mail rate will now be a 5 cent discount compared to the Post Office price with rates increasing to $0.50 in 2019 from $0.47 currently.
  • Each additional ounce will cost an extra $0.15 in 2019, a decrease from $0.21 currently.
  • The five cent discount for online postage on a one-ounce First Class Mail letter represents a savings of 9% for consumers and small business owners.
First Class Mail – 2019 Rates
INCREASE PER LETTER – 2019 rates vs. 2018 rates
Mailpiece Weight 2019 2018 Increase
Letters – 1 oz. $0.55 $0.50 $0.05
Letters  – Additional Ounces $0.15 $0.21 ($0.06)
Metered Mail Letters (Stamps.com Rate) – 1 oz. $0.50 $0.47 $0.03
Metered Mail Letters (Stamps.com Rate)
Additional Ounces
$0.15 $0.21 ($0.06)
Flat/Large Envelope – 1 oz. $1.00 $1.00 $0.00
Flat/Large Envelope – Additional Ounces $0.15 $0.21 ($0.06)
Postcards $0.35 $0.35 $0.00
International Letters – 1 oz.
(Country Groups 1-9)
$1.15 $1.15 $0.00
International Postcard
(Country Groups 1-9)
$1.15 $1.15 $0.00

 

Priority Mail Express (Commercial Base Pricing)

  • Priority Mail Express will see an average increase of 3.9%.
  • A 1 lb. package going to Zone 8 using Priority Mail Express will cost $36.52 in 2019 compared to $35.04 currently.
  • The USPS is adjusting the DIM Divisor for Priority Mail Express packages over 1 cubic foot (1728 cubic inches) from 194 to 166.
  • Commercial Plus Pricing has been eliminated.
Priority Mail Express – 2019 Rates (Commercial Base Pricing)
INCREASE PER PACKAGE – 2019 rates vs. 2018 rates
Weight
(lbs.)
Zones
1 & 2
Zone
3
Zone
4
Zone
5
Zone
6
Zone
7
Zone
8
Zone
9
0.5 $0.70 $0.75 $0.80 $0.90 $0.99 $1.08 $1.21 $5.23
1 $0.76 $0.83 $1.03 $1.18 $1.26 $1.38 $1.48 $6.24
2 $0.80 $0.94 $1.18 $1.36 $1.45 $1.57 $1.71 $6.95
3 $0.85 $1.03 $1.40 $1.65 $1.76 $1.90 $2.05 $8.08
4 $0.89 $1.16 $1.57 $1.95 $2.07 $2.25 $2.41 $9.23
5 $0.93 $1.30 $1.67 $2.09 $2.33 $2.49 $2.67 $10.25

 

Priority Mail Express Flat Rate (Commercial Base Pricing)

  • Priority Mail Express Flat Rate Envelopes will also see a rate increase ranging from $0.70 to $0.72 depending on the envelope used.
Priority Mail Express Flat Rate – 2019 Rates
(Commercial Base Pricing)
INCREASE PER PACKAGE – 2019 rates vs. 2018 rates
Mailpiece 2019 2018 Increase
Flat Rate Envelope $22.68 $21.98 $0.70
Legal Flat Rate Envelope $22.80 $22.09 $0.71
Padded Flat Rate Envelope $23.18 $22.46 $0.72

 

Priority Mail (Commercial Base Pricing)

  • Priority Mail will see an average increase of 5.9%.
  • A 1 lb. package going to Zone 8 using Priority Mail will cost $8.25 in 2019 compared to $7.76 currently.
  • Heavier weights for Priority Mail are seeing a rate decrease.  For packages weighing between 11 lbs. and 70 lbs., all shipping zones are seeing lower rates compared to 2018.  Cost savings range from $0.11 (11 lbs. Zone 1/2 = $10.67) to $1.37 savings (70 lbs. Zone 8 = $184.51) compared to 2018.
  • Medium weight packages (4 lbs. to 10 lbs.), traveling to Zone 5 and higher are seeing a decrease in rates compared to 2018, with costs being reduced by $0.17 (7 lbs. Zone 5 = $15.43) to $0.63 (5 lbs. Zone 8 = $20.40)
  • The Dimensional Weight (DIM) divisor for Priority Mail packages over 1 cubic foot (1728 cubic inches) is being adjusted from 194 to 166.
  • Priority Mail parcels in all shipping zones will now receive DIM pricing for packages over 1 cubic foot.  Previously, only Priority Mail parcels being delivered to Zones 5-9 received DIM pricing.
  • Commercial Plus Pricing has been eliminated.
Priority Mail – 2019 Rates (Commercial Base Pricing)
INCREASE PER PACKAGE – 2019 rates vs. 2018 rates
Weight
(lbs.)
Zones
1 & 2
Zone
3
Zone
4
Zone
5
Zone
6
Zone
7
Zone
8
Zone
9
1 $0.40 $0.28 $0.39 $0.45 $0.47 $0.49 $0.49 ($0.11)
2 $0.32 $0.36 $0.48 $0.35 $0.23 ($0.06) $0.06 ($0.16)
3 $0.41 $0.31 ($0.13) $0.00 ($0.36) ($0.05) ($0.06) ($0.22)
4 $0.40 $0.15 $0.12 ($0.31) ($0.43) ($0.48) ($0.54) ($0.27)
5 $0.40 ($0.17) ($0.25) ($0.32) ($0.48) ($0.55) ($0.63) ($0.31)

 

Priority Mail Flat Rate Boxes & Envelopes (Commercial Base Pricing)

  • Priority Mail Medium Flat Rate Box is decreasing by five cents to $12.80 in 2019 from $12.85 currently.
  • Priority Mail Priority Mail Large Flat Rate Box is decreasing by five cents to $17.60 in 2019 from $17.65 currently.
  • Priority Mail Padded Flat Rate Envelope, a popular option for e-commerce sellers, is increasing by $0.45 to $7.55 in 2019 from $7.10 currently.
Priority Mail Flat Rate – 2019 Rates (Commercial Base Pricing)
INCREASE PER PACKAGE – 2019 rates vs. 2018 rates
Mailpiece 2019 2018 Increase
Flat Rate Envelope $6.95 $6.55 $0.40
Legal Flat Rate Envelope $7.25 $6.85 $0.40
Padded Flat Rate Envelope $7.55 $7.10 $0.45
Small Flat Rate Box $7.50 $7.05 $0.45
Medium Flat Rate Box $12.80 $12.85 ($0.05)
Large Flat Rate Box $17.60 $17.65 ($0.05)
APO/FPO Large Flat Rate Box $16.10 $16.15 ($0.05)

 

Priority Mail Regional Rate (Commercial Base Pricing)

Regional Rate Box A

  • Closer shipping zones (Zones 1/2 through Zone 5) are seeing bigger rate increases from $0.55 (Zone 1/2 = $7.65) to $0.61 (Zone 5 = $8.76).
  • Packages traveling to farther shipping zones are seeing a smaller rate increase – going up by $0.26 (Zone 7 = $10.55) and to $0.40 (Zone 8 = $11.20)

Regional Rate Box B

  • Other than Zone 1/2 where the rate increase is $0.64, the increase is relatively small at $0.08 (Zone 3 = $8.50), $0.03 (Zone 4 = $9.40) and no rate increase for farther Zones 5-8.
Priority Mail Regional Rate Boxes – 2019 Rates
(Commercial Base Pricing)
INCREASE PER PACKAGE – 2019 rates vs. 2018 rates
Box
Type
Zones
1 & 2
Zone
3
Zone
4
Zone
5
Zone
6
Zone
7
Zone
8
Zone
9
A $0.55 $0.60 $0.72 $0.61 $0.53 $0.26 $0.40 $0.31
B $0.64 $0.08 $0.03 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.58

 

First Class Package Service (Commercial Base Pricing)

  • Overall rates for First Class Package Service will increase by 11.9%.
  • Zone-based pricing is being added to First Class Package Service in 2019.
  • Any package going across the country (Zone 8) is seeing a significant rate increase going up from $0.43 (Zone 8 – 1 ounce = $3.09) to $1.43 (Zone 8 – 13 ounces = $5.53)
  • 13 ounce packages in particular are rising across all zones, increasing $0.84 (Zone 1/2 = $4.94) to $1.43 (Zone 8 = $5.53)
  • Heavier items weighing 15 ounces to 15.999 ounces are seeing a smaller increase, going from no increase at all (Zone 1/2 = $4.94) to $0.59 (Zone 8 = $5.53)
First Class Package Service – 2019 Rates (Commercial Base Pricing)
INCREASE PER PACKAGE – 2019 rates vs. 2018 rates
Mailpiece Weight Zones
1 & 2
Zone
3
Zone
4
Zone
5
Zone
6
Zone
7
Zone
8
Zone
9
1 ounce $0.00 $0.02 $0.04 $0.10 $0.18 $0.30 $0.43 $0.43
2 ounces $0.00 $0.02 $0.04 $0.10 $0.18 $0.30 $0.43 $0.43
3 ounces $0.00 $0.02 $0.04 $0.10 $0.18 $0.30 $0.43 $0.43
4 ounces $0.00 $0.02 $0.04 $0.10 $0.18 $0.30 $0.43 $0.43
5 ounces $0.39 $0.41 $0.43 $0.49 $0.57 $0.70 $0.84 $0.84
6 ounces $0.26 $0.28 $0.30 $0.36 $0.44 $0.57 $0.71 $0.71
7 ounces $0.13 $0.15 $0.17 $0.23 $0.31 $0.44 $0.58 $0.58
8 ounces $0.00 $0.02 $0.04 $0.10 $0.18 $0.31 $0.45 $0.45
9 ounces $0.48 $0.51 $0.54 $0.62 $0.72 $0.85 $0.99 $0.99
10 ounces $0.32 $0.35 $0.38 $0.46 $0.56 $0.69 $0.83 $0.83
11 ounces $0.16 $0.19 $0.22 $0.30 $0.40 $0.53 $0.67 $0.67
12 ounces $0.00 $0.03 $0.06 $0.14 $0.24 $0.37 $0.51 $0.51
13 ounces $0.84 $0.88 $0.92 $1.02 $1.14 $1.28 $1.43 $1.43
14 ounces $0.56 $0.60 $0.64 $0.74 $0.86 $1.00 $1.15 $1.15
15 ounces $0.28 $0.32 $0.36 $0.46 $0.58 $0.72 $0.87 $0.87
15.999 ounces $0.00 $0.04 $0.08 $0.18 $0.30 $0.44 $0.59 $0.59

 

Parcel Select Ground (Commercial Base Pricing)

  • Shipping rates for Parcel Select Ground will decrease by an average of 1.3% in 2019.
  • For parcels weighing between 3 lbs. and 18 lbs. and traveling to farther zones (Zone 5-9), every cell is seeing a rate decrease in 2019.
  • Parcel Select Group is also seeing a rate decrease for all zones for parcels weighing between 21 to 70 pounds
  • The Dimensional Weight (DIM) divisor for Parcel Select Ground packages over 1 cubic foot (1728 cubic inches) is being adjusted from 193 to 166.
Parcel Select Ground – 2019 Rates (Commercial Base Pricing)
INCREASE PER PACKAGE – 2019 rates vs. 2018 rates
Weight
(lbs.)
Zones
1 & 2
Zone
3
Zone
4
Zone
5
Zone
6
Zone
7
Zone
8
Zone
9
1 $0.30 $0.18 $0.29 $0.31 $0.28 $0.25 $0.20 $0.20
2 $0.22 $0.26 $0.38 $0.20 $0.04 ($0.30) ($0.23) ($0.23)
3 $0.31 $0.21 ($0.23) ($0.20) ($0.60) ($0.34) ($0.40) ($0.40)
4 $0.30 $0.05 $0.02 ($0.51) ($0.67) ($0.77) ($0.88) ($0.88)
5 $0.30 ($0.27) ($0.35) ($0.52) ($0.72) ($0.84) ($0.97) ($0.97)
6 $0.29 ($0.60) ($0.59) ($0.62) ($0.27) ($0.51) ($0.60) ($0.60)
7 $0.01 ($0.33) ($0.68) ($0.36) ($0.34) ($0.55) ($0.63) ($0.63)
8 ($0.39) ($0.16) ($0.27) ($0.71) ($0.47) ($0.57) ($0.66) ($0.66)
9 $0.19 ($0.06) $0.11 ($0.75) ($0.49) ($0.59) ($0.69) ($0.69)
10 $0.05 $0.08 $0.13 ($0.79) ($0.51) ($0.62) ($0.73) ($0.73)


Media Mail

  • Media Mail rates will increase by 2.95% in 2019.
  • A 1 lb. package traveling to Zone 8 will cost $2.75 in 2019 compared to $2.66 currently.
Media Mail – 2019 Rates
INCREASE PER PACKAGE – 2019 rates vs. 2018 rates
Weight
(lbs.)
2019 2018 Increase
1 $2.75 $2.66 $0.09
2 $3.27 $3.17 $0.10
3 $3.79 $3.68 $0.11
4 $4.31 $4.19 $0.12
5 $4.83 $4.70 $0.13
6 $5.35 $5.21 $0.14
7 $5.87 $5.72 $0.15
8 $6.39 $6.23 $0.16
9 $6.91 $6.74 $0.17
10 $7.43 $7.25 $0.18

COMING SOON:  Next week, we will outline the 2019 rate increase for International shipping options.

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
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USPS Announces 2018 Postage Rate Increase

October 26th, 2017 Comments off

The U.S. Postal Service has proposed new postage rates to be implemented on Sunday, January 21, 2018, subject to approval by the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC). Listed below are the highlights of the proposed 2018 USPS rate increase for customers buying postage online:

First Class Mail Letters
The rate for a First Class Mail Letter (1 oz.) for postage purchased at the Post Office is increasing by one cent to $0.50 from $0.49. If you print postage online (via Stamps.com), the Metered Mail rate will continue to receive a 3 cent discount off the Post Office price, with rates increasing to $0.47 in 2018 from $0.46 in 2017. Each additional ounce will cost an extra $0.21 (no change from 2017).

The rate for a First Class Mail Flats/Large Envelope is increasing by two cents to $1.00 (1 oz.) and postcards are increasing by one cent to $0.35 in 2018.

2018 First Class Mail Letter Rates

 

Priority Mail Express (Commercial Base Pricing)
Overall, prices for Priority Mail Express will increase by 3.9%. A 1 lb. package going to Zone 8 using Priority Mail Express will cost $35.04 in 2018 compared to $33.76 currently.

2018 Priority Mail Express Rates


Priority Mail Express Flat Rate (Commercial Base Pricing)

Priority Mail Express Flat Rate Envelopes will also see a rate increase in 2018. The increases vary depending on the type of envelope, ranging from $0.80 to $0.82 per envelope.

2018 Priority Mail Express Flat Rate


Priority Mail (Commercial Base Pricing)

Priority Mail will see an average increase of 6.2%. A 1 lb. package going to Zone 8 using Priority Mail will cost $7.76 in 2018 compared to $7.25 currently.

2018 Priority Mail Rates

Priority Mail Flat Rate Boxes & Envelopes (Commercial Base Pricing)
Postage rates for Priority Mail Flat Rate Boxes as well as Flat Rate Envelopes will increase in 2018. The popular Priority Mail Flat Rate Padded Envelope will cost $7.10 in 2018 compared to $6.50 currently, a $0.60 increase. And the Priority Mail Medium Flat Rate Box will cost $12.85 in 2018 compared to $12.40 currently.

2018 Priority Mail Flat Rate


Priority Mail Regional Rate (Commercial Base Pricing)

Shipping rates for Priority Mail Regional Rate Boxes will be increasing for most Zones. However, Regional Rate Box A for Zone 5 will be saying the same price at $8.15. And Regional Rate Box B for Zone 5 will be decreasing by $0.30 to $10.65 from $10.95 currently.

2018 Priority Mail Regional Rate Boxes


First Class Package Service (Commercial Base Pricing)

Overall rates for First Class Package Service will increase by 3.9%.  Rates are increasing the most in packages weighing 13 ounces or greater with a 15.999 ounce package costing $4.94 in 2018 from $4.30 currently ($0.64 increase).

2018 First Class Package Service Rates


Parcel Select Ground (Commercial Base Pricing)

While most Parcel Select Ground options will be increasing, there are some weight and zone groupings where rates are decreasing. Parcel Select Ground rates are decreasing for Zone 4 – 4 lbs, and Zone 5 – 3, 4 and 5 lb. packages.  Rates are also decreasing for Zone 3 for packages weighing between 44 lbs. and 59 lbs.  Rates are seeing a much larger increase of between $1.03 and $4.11 per package in the 10 lbs. or heavier traveling to Zones 6, 7 or 8.

2018 Parcel Select Ground Rates

 

Media Mail
Media Mail rates will increase by 1.9% in 2018. A 1 lb. package traveling to Zone 8 will cost $2.66 in 2018 compared to $2.63 currently.

2018 Media Mail Rates

 

INTERNATIONAL
Global Express Guaranteed (Commercial Base Pricing)

Global Express Guaranteed postage prices will increases across all weights and zones.

2018 Global Express Guaranteed Rates

Priority Mail Express International
Priority Mail Express International rates will be increasing by an average of 3.9% across all 17 Country Groups in 2018.

Priority Mail International
Priority Mail International rates will be increasing by an average of 3.9% in 2018.

First Class Package International Service
First Class Package International Service rates will be increasing by an average of 3.9% across all 17 Country Groups in 2018.

Stamps.com Will Automatically Update to the New USPS Rates on January 21, 2018
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, January 21, 2018. If you are a Stamps.com customer, no additional actions are needed and you will AUTOMATICALLY see the 2018 USPS rates in the platform.

Frequently Asked Questions about the 2017 USPS Postage Rate Increase

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Have questions about the 2017 USPS Postage Rate changes? We have answers!

 

When did the new USPS rates start?

The 2017 USPS postage rate increase went into effect on Sunday, January 22, 2017.

Are Forever Stamps purchased before January 22, 2017 still valid?

Yes, Forever Stamps purchased from the Post Office (or another location) remain valid. You can still use Forever Stamps to mail a one-ounce First-Class Mail letter, even if purchased before January 22.

Can I buy the $0.46 Metered Rate postage stamps at the Post Office?

No, the Metered Rate $0.46 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 Rate $0.46 stamps cannot be purchased at the Post Office. Learn more about saving with Metered Mail rates here: https://blog.stamps.com/2017/02/02/save-3-cents-printing-first-class-mail-letters-online/

How do I get Commercial Base discounts for printing postage online?

You automatically qualify for Commercial Base pricing if you print shipping labels using Stamps.com (or any online postage vendor). These rates are automatically calculated when you print postage.

Did online postage rates for any international mail classes increase for 2017?

There is no rate increase for Priority Mail Express International, Priority Mail International or First Class Package International Service in 2017, if you buy postage online using Stamps.com (or any online postage vendor).

Can anyone use Regional Rate Boxes or are they only for large quantity shippers?

Anyone can ship using Regional Rate Boxes, regardless of the number of packages shipped. If you buy postage for a Regional Rate Box at the Post Office, you will have to pay and additional $2.25 for Zones 1-4 and $1.00 for Zones 5-9.

Did online postage rates for Parcel Select Ground decrease?

Yes, for certain weight and zone combinations, the price for Parcel Select Ground will be lower than what it was in 2016. Most of these rate decreases are zone specific for packages weighing between 2 pounds and 5 pounds.

When do I need to include that plastic (Form 2976-E) envelope on my package for the Customs Forms?

The USPS Form 2976-A Customs Form includes four copies of the standard Customs Form and must be inserted into the Form 2976-E envelope. You would attach this on Priority Mail International or Priority Mail Express International packages, but you can use the USPS 2976 Customs Form (1 page) for First-Class Package International Service packages.

I am a Stamps.com customer. Do I need to take any actions to get the new rates?

No, if you are a Stamps.com customer, you do not need to take any action. Stamps.com automatically updated all USPS rates inside the software and web-based version (Stamps.com Online) on Sunday, January 22, 2017.

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