Welcome to the USPS Postage Rates Resource Hub

Throughout the 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, metered mail rates, package and specialty mail services. Our hub outlines all of the changes by comparing the new postage rates to the previous year.

 

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USPS Mailing & Shipping Rate Increases

In Effect October 3, 2021

If your small business uses stamps or purchases postage directly at the Post Office, this year’s increase will significantly affect your bottom line. Take advantage of the 9% meter discount with a Quadient meter.

The complete USPS filings with the updated prices are available on the USPS Postal Explorer website. If you want to keep up with any updates regarding the rate change event, you can check out our Mailing and Shipping Blog. To receive alerts on all USPS postage rate increases, subscribe to our Quadient Connections newsletter. 

A seasonal, temporary increase on USPS® shipping products went into effect on Sunday, Oct 3. These price increases will immediately roll back to previous rates on Dec 16, 2021. Here is how the price changes affect Priority Mail®, Priority Mail Express®, Parcel Select® Ground & USPS® Retail Ground Services:

  • $0.75 increase for PM and PME
  • Flat Rate Boxes and Envelopes.
  • $0.25 increase for Zones 1-4, 0-10 lbs.
  • $0.75 increase for Zones 5-9, 0-10 lbs.
  • $1.50 increase for Zones 1-4, 11-20 lbs.
  • $3.00 increase for Zones 5-9, 11-20lbs.
  • $2.50 increase for Zones 1-4, 21-70 lbs.
  • $5.00 increase for Zones 5-9, 21-70 lbs.
     
  • FCPS Commercial will increase $0.30
  • FCPS Retail will increase $0.30
  • Parcel Select Lightweight (DSCF and DNDC) will increase $1.00
  • Parcel Select DSCF will increase
  • $1.00 Parcel Select DNDC will increase
  • $1.00 Parcel Return Service will increase $1.00

 

First-Class Mail®

Product 2020 2021
Letters - 1 oz. (Stamped) $0.51 $0.58
Letters - 1 oz. (Metered) $0.50 $0.53
Letters - Additional Ounces (Stamped) $0.20 $0.20
Letters - Additional Ounces (Metered) $0.20 $0.20
Large Envelope (Flat) - 1 oz. $1.00 $1.16
Domestic Postcards $0.35 $0.40

 

Certified Mail®

There have been two major price increases to Certified Mail this year. The positive aspect: You can reduce the impact on your business by using an online solution like ConnectSuite e-Certify. With e-Certify, you will use an electronic Return Receipt and save $1.20 on every Certified Mail® piece. You can save nearly 38% on all Certified Mail costs.

Breaking it down, as of August 29, 2021, it will cost $7.38 to send a First-Class Letter as Certified Mail with a hard copy Return Receipt:

  • $0.58 for the Postage
  • $3.75 for Certified Mail fee
  • $3.05 for Return Receipt Hard Copy
Product 2020 2021
Certified Mail $3.55 $3.75
Certificate of Mailing $1.50 $1.65
Return Receipt - Hard Copy $2.85 $3.05
Return Receipt - Electronic $1.70 $1.85
Signature Confirmation® $3.15 $3.45

 

Priority Mail® 

The USPS updates its pricing every year, this year they changed them twice. These services are only increased for the second time for competitive seasonal pricing, yet this will still have a big impact on your business. First-Class Package Service, Retail Ground, Priority Mail Parcel Select, and Priority Mail Express will be affected.

They will temporarily increase again Oct 3 through Dec 26 with the following changes:

  • First-Class Package Service: +7.6%
  • Retail Ground: +5.3%
  • Priority Mail: +5.7%
  • Priority Mail Express: +2.3%

During the seasonal competitive pricing increases, one of the best ways to help your business save is rate shopping. You can rate shop, compare pricing and get discounts all year long with shipping software. In fact, you can save 40% on Priority Mail costs and save 17% on Priority Mail Express!

 

First-Class Package Service

Size Post Office Quadient Savings with Quadient
1 - 4 oz. $4.30 and up $3.31 and up $0.99 and up
5 - 8 oz. $5.10 and up $3.76 and up $1.34 and up
9 - 12 oz. $5.80 and up $4.34 and up $1.46 and up
13 oz. $6.55 and up $5.49 and up $1.06 and up
15.999 oz. -- $5.49 and up --

 

Retail Ground

Size Post Office Quadient Savings with Quadient
1 - 4 oz. $4.30 and up $3.31 and up $0.99 and up
5 - 8 oz. $5.10 and up $3.76 and up $1.34 and up
9 - 12 oz. $5.80 and up $4.34 and up $1.46 and up
13 oz. $6.55 and up $5.49 and up $1.06 and up
15.999 oz. -- $5.49 and up --

 

Priority Mail® Flat Mail Rate

Size Post Office Quadient Savings with Quadient
Regular Flat Rate Envelope $8.70 $8.15 $0.55
Legal Flat Rate Envelope $9.00 $8.45 $0.55
Padded Flat Rate Envelope $9.30 $8.75 $0.55
Small Flat Rate Boxes $9.20 $8.65 $0.55
Regular Flat Rate Boxes $16.25 $14.50 $1.75
Large Flat Rate Boxes $22.65 $20.05 $2.60
APO/FPO/DPO Large Flat Rate Boxes $21.15 $18.55 $2.60

 

Priority Mail Express® Flat Rate

Size Post Office Quadient Savings with Quadient
Flat Rate Envelope $27.10 $23.50 $3.60
Legal Flat Rate Envelope $27.25 $23.70 $3.55
Padded Flat Rate Envelope $27.70 $24.00 $3.70
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