Welcome to the USPS Rates Resource Hub
Once a year, the USPS® files its mailing and shipping rate changes to the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC). These changes can affect everything from the price of a stamp to Certified Mail® and USPS package services. Our hub outlines all of the changes by comparing the new postage rates to the previous year.
USPS® Announces Temporary Rate Change for October 2020
In August 2020, the USPS® announced that they were going to implement a time-limited rate change on the commercial pricing of some of their competitive shipping products. Some of the products affected by the rate change are Priority Mail®, Priority Mail® Express, Parcel Select® Ground, and Parcel Return Service. The announced rates were approved earlier this month by the PRC.
Here are the main takeaways from this temporary rate change announcement:
- The rate change will apply to the Commercial Base and Commercial Plus pricing.
- It will be in effect from Oct. 18 - Dec. 27, 2020.
- After Dec. 27th, the rates will roll back to their current prices.
- Retail and First-Class Mailing rates are not affected by this change.
To see the full list of products and changed rates by service, weight, zone, etc.; check out the resources below.
As of right now, we have a little bit less than 5 weeks before these rates take effect, so you have time to get your shipping prices updated in time for the holiday shipping season.
USPS Resource Downloads:
• Notice 123 Price List
• U.S. Postal Service Announces Temporary Price Increase / USPS News National / 14 August 2020
• U.S. Postal Service Announces Temporary Price Increase: Increase for Commercial Parcels; Retail Customers Unaffected / USPS.com Postal Explorer / 14 August 2020
• Time-Limited Price Change / USPS.com Postal Explorer
January 26, 2020 Rate Change
On December 12, the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) approved the pending First-Class Mail rates. Earlier in the month they had approved the shipping rates for services such as Priority Mail®, Priority Mail Express®, Parcel Select® and First-Class Package Service®.
Here are the main takeaways from the 2020 Rate Change:
- First-Class Mail rates remained $0.55 for a stamp $0.50 for a metered letter
- Priority Mail and Priority Mail Express rates increased an average of 4.1% and 3.5%, respectively
- The new rates went into effect January 26, 2020.
- Current customers can update their machine by making a generic call, full instructions can be found here
What Is USPS Rate Change?
If you are unfamiliar with the postal rate change, here is a quick refresher:
- Every year the United States Postal Service (USPS) files proposed changes to their mailing and shipping rates with the PRC.
- These changes usually go into effect in January of the new year
- These rates are not arbitrary, mailing rate increases are based on the Consumer Price Index, and shipping rate increases are adjusted according to market conditions, aka to compete with other carriers such as UPS and FedEx.
What Are the New First-Class Mail Rates?
Rate change will be a breeze for mailers this year. Most of the First-Class Mail® rates, including how much a stamp costs, stayed the same. We've listed below the top items people are sending and how they are changing - and staying the same!
Proposed First-Class Mail Price Changes
Letters (1 oz.) - 55 cents (2019) - 55 cents (2020)
Letters additional ounces - 15 cents (2019) - 15 cents (2020)
Letters (metered 1 oz.) - 50 cents (2019) - 50 cents (2020)
Flats (1 oz.) - $1 (2019) - $1 (2020)
Domestic Postcards - 35 cents (2019) - 35 cents (2020)
However, if you still have not taken advantage of the 9% “metered mail” discount you can still get it this year. Postage meter users pay $0.50 per mail piece instead of $0.55.
What Are the New Priority Mail and Priority Mail Express Rates?
The most popular USPS service, Priority Mail®, increased slightly more than last year, an average of 4.1%. Priority Mail and Priority Mail Express prices are adjusted to market conditions and are meant to compete with the UPS®, FedEx®, and others. Priority Mail rates are a great value to shippers, and one of the main reasons is that the Postal Service does not add surcharges for fuel, residential delivery, or regular Saturday or holiday season delivery. We've highlighted some of the main Priority Mail rate changes below to flat-rate boxes.
Proposed Priority Mail Price Changes
Small Flat-Rate Box - $7.90 (2019) - $8.30 (2020)
Medium Flat-Rate Box - $14.35 (2019) - $15.05 (2020)
Large Flat-Rate Box - $19.95 (2019) - $21.10 (2020)
APO/FPO Large Flat-Rate Box - $18.45 (2019) - $19.60 (2020)
Regular Flat-Rate Envelope - $7.35 (2019) - $7.75 (2020)
Legal Flat-Rate Envelope - $7.65 (2019) - $8.05 (2020)
Padded Flat-Rate Envelope - $8.00 (2019) - $8.40 (2020)
Priority Mail Express guarantees delivery of your packages 365 days a year. Like Priority Mail, you can send items in flat rate boxes or your packaging. This service is increasing by 3.5% this upcoming year, but it still is one of the most affordable express services with prices that will start at $26.35.
Proposed Priority Mail Express Price Changes
Flat Rate Envelope - $22.68 (2019) - $26.35 (2020)
Legal Flat-Rate Envelope - $22.80 (2019) - $26.50 (2020)
Padded Flat-Rate Envelope - $23.18 (2019) - $26.95 (2020)
If you are looking to save on Priority Mail costs this year—and who isn’t—look into printing shipping labels to get discounted rates. Customers who use shipping software, like NeoShip, to print shipping labels get discounted shipping rates known as Commercial Base pricing when they ship items using Priority Mail, Priority Mail Express or First-Class Package Service.
What Are the New Certified Mail Rates?
The USPS recently announced the Certified Mail rates for 2020. The prices increased 10%, but there are best practices and even tech that can help offset these costs—and the onerous process.
As of January 26, 2020, it cost $6.95 to send a First-Class letter as Certified Mail with a hardcopy Return Receipt. This breaks down to $0.55 for the stamp, $3.55 for Certified Mail, and $2.85 for hard copy Return Receipt. This may seem like a lot; however, there are a couple of ways you can beat the rate increase.
Under the 2020 USPS rates, it will cost .55 cents to send a First-Class letter. However, you can save 9% by using a postage meter, which costs only $.50 to mail a First-Class letter! The cost of Certified Mail also increased to $3.55, and a Return Receipt will be $2.85, the easiest way to cut into this costs is by using electronic Return Receipt for only $1.70. This saves you $1.15 on every Return Receipt, which adds up. Software such as e-Certify digitize the tedious process of sending Certified Mail and cut your costs by sending electronic Return Receipt.
Don't Miss a Beat with These Rate Change Resources
We are here to help you find what you need this postal rate change season to beat the new postage rate increases. That’s why we’ve got resources online, over the phone and even in person!
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