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.

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.

First Class Package International Service: Summary of 2016 USPS Rate Increase

February 5th, 2016 Comments off

What is First Class Package International Service?
First Class Package International Service is the USPS’ most affordable international service for the delivery of small packages to over 190 countries. The maximum weight for this mail class is four pounds, and delivery time varies by destination.

Does USPS Tracking come with First Class Package International Service?
Yes, USPS Tracking is included for free if a package is being delivered to one of the following countries: Australia, Belgium, Canada, Croatia, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Hungary, Israel, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Malaysia, Malta, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore, Slovak Republic, Spain, Switzerland and Turkey.

What is the Estimated Delivery Time for First Class Package International Service?
Deliveries generally take between 7 to 21 days to arrive at its destination, although the USPS does not guarantee delivery dates or times.

Changes to First Class Package International Service in 2016

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28% Average Rate Increase for Online Rates (Commercial Base Pricing)
First Class Package International Service rates will start at $9.03 to Canada (previously at $6.39 to Canada) for Stamps.com customers. Rates are increasing by an average of 28% for Commercial Base Pricing.

Rate are Decreasing for 2 lbs Packages for All Country Zones
For packages that weight 2 lbs., shipping rates a decreasing from 2015 prices by as much as $2.41 (Country price group 8) per package in 2016.

Online Rate Discounts
First Class Package International Service now offers Commercial Base discounts of up to 5% off Post Office rates (previously 13%).

 

 

First Class Package Service: Summary of 2016 USPS Rate Increase

January 22nd, 2016 Comments off

First Class Package Service is a fast, affordable delivery service for packages weighing up to 15.99 ounces. This mail class offers 1 to 3 day delivery within the U.S. and includes free USPS Tracking.

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Stamps.com is printing the cheaper Post Office rate of $2.54 instead of the $2.60 Commercial Base rate for First Class Parcels weighing 1 to 3 ounces. To get the cheaper rate, you must download Version 13.3 at www.stamps.com/download/


Changes to First Class Package Service in 2016

Maximum Package Weight Increased to 15.99 Ounces
USPS has introduced a new maximum weight limit for First Class Package Service. You can now print up to 15.99 ounces when printing First Class Package Service using Stamps.com. Previously, the maximum weight limit was 13 ounces.

Online Discounts
When you purchase First Class Package Service postage online, the maximum discount off Post Office rates will increase to 26% (previously 25%)

7.6% Average Rate Increase for Online Rates (Commercial Base Pricing)
First Class Package Service rates will start at $2.54 (previously at $2.04) for Stamps.com customers. Rates are increasing by an average of 7.6% for Commercial Base Pricing.

Stamps.com Exclusive: Save $0.06 per package!

If you print First Class Package Service for packages weighing between 1 and 3 ounces, you can save $0.06 for each package. While online rates are typically  cheaper than the Post Office rates, prices at the Post Office were not increased during the January 2016 postage rate increase.

This created a unique situation where the Post Office rate for First Class Package Service packages weighing between 1 and 3 ounces are cheaper than online rates (Commercial Base pricing). Stamps.com has incorporated this cheaper 2016 Post Office rate into our program!  To get this discount, you MUST download Stamps.com Version 13.3

Stamps.com Automatically Updated with 2016 USPS Rates

January 17th, 2016 Comments off

blog_USPS-Rate-Increase-HeaderWith the 2016 USPS rate increase going into effect on Sunday, January 17, 2016, all postage printed via Stamps.com will now reflect the new 2016 USPS rates. No action is required of customers.

Stamps.com mailing and shipping solutions are designed to reflect real-time USPS pricing and will transition to the new rates in real time, enabling customers to print postage without any service disruptions.

Stamps.com Software Customers
Special Note: If you print First Class Package Service for packages weighing between 1 and 3 ounces, you will need to download the latest version of the software (Version 13.3). This will allow you to receive the $2.54 rate instead of the $2.60 rate for packages weighing 1 ounce, 2 ounces and 3 ounces.

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Get more info on the 2016 USPS postage rate increase.

 

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