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.

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January 2021 Rate Change (Effective: January 24, 2021)

In November 2020, the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) approved the proposed postal and shipping rates from the USPS® for 2021. The rates are scheduled to take effect on January 24, 2021.

The main takeaways:
• An 1.8% overall increase in First-Class Mail®
• Stamps and 1 oz. letters will remain the same retail rate of 55 cents
• Certified Mail® increases 5 cents
• Priority Mail® Flat Rate Retail prices will increase an average of 2.79%, but Commercial prices will increase average of 4.13%.
• No increase in Priority Mail Express® Flat Rate Retail and Commercial prices

Resources
2021 USPS Rate Guide
2021 USPS Postage Rates Webinar

Quadient Postage Meter Updates
(based off of 2021 Rates)

• Savings go from 9% to 7%
• Letter up to 1 oz. cost changes from $0.50 to $0.51
• Postage Meter Discount goes from 5 cents to 4 cents

Why Does the USPS Increase Rates?

If you are unfamiliar with the annual postal rate change, or if this is your first one; we’re here to help.

• Every year the United States Postal Service (USPS) files proposed changes to their mailing and shipping rates with the PRC.
• Usually, these changes go into effect every January.
• These rates are not arbitrary.
• Mailing rate increases are based on the Consumer Price Index, while shipping rate increases are adjusted according to market conditions so the USPS can remain compete with other carriers, such as UPS® and FedEx®.

USPS 2021 Postal and Shipping Rates

Below is a list of the approved USPS postal and shipping rates for 2021 as well as their monetary increases from the previous year. We also have a link to where you can get our 2021 USPS® Rate Guide at the end for you to download and hang up in your mailroom.

First-Class Mail®

  • Letters 
    • Up to 1oz.
      • 2021 Retail Price: 55 cents
      • 2021 Meter Price: 51 cents
      • Difference: 4 cents
      • Retail Increase: NA
      • Meter Increase: 1 cent
         
    • Up to 2oz.
      • 2021 Retail Price: 75 cents
      • 2021 Meter Price: 71 cents
      • Difference: 4 cents
      • Retail Increase: 5 cents
      • Meter Increase: 6 cents
         
    • Up to 3oz.
      • 2021 Retail Price: 95 cents
      • 2021 Meter Price: 91 cents
      • Difference: 4 cents
      • Retail Increase: 10 cents
      • Meter Increase: 11 cents
         
    • Up to 3.5oz.
      • 2021 Retail Price: $1.15
      • 2021 Meter Price: $1.11
      • Difference: 4 cents
      • Retail Increase: 15 cents
      • Meter Increase: 16 cents

Domestic Postcards are only seeing an increase in their Retail price.
They are increasing 1 cent to 36 cents in 2021 versus 35 cents in 2020.

Large Flat Envelopes aren’t seeing an increase this year, staying at:
• $1.00 Retail Price for envelopes up to 1 oz.
• $1.20 - $3.40 Retail price for envelopes up to 2 – 13 oz.
 

Priority Mail® Flat Rate and Priority Mail Express®

Priority Mail® Flat Rate

  • Product
    • Small Flat Rate Box
      • 2021 Retail Price: $8.45
      • 2021 Commercial Price: $7.90 
      • Difference: 55 cents
      • Retail Increase: 15 cents
      • Commercial Increase: 25 cents
         
    • Medium Flat Rate Box
      • 2021 Retail Price: $15.50
      • 2021 Commercial Price: $13.75
      • Difference: $1.75
      • Retail Increase: 45 cents
      • Commercial Increase: 55 cents
         
    • Large Flat Rate Box
      • 2021 Retail Price: $21.90
      • 2021 Commercial Price: $19.30
      • Difference: $2.60
      • Retail Increase: 80 cents
      • Commercial Increase: $1.00
         
    • APO/FPO/DPO Large Flat Rate Box
      • 2021 Retail Price: $20.40
      • 2021 Commercial Price: $17.80
      • Difference: $2.80
      • Retail Increase: 80 cents
      • Commercial Increase: $1.00
         
    • Regular Flat Rate Envelope
      • 2021 Retail Price: $7.95
      • 2021 Commercial Price: $7.40
      • Difference: 55 cents
      • Retail Increase: 20 cents
      • Commercial Increase: 25 cents
         
    • Legal Flat Rate Envelope
      • 2021 Retail Price: $8.25
      • 2021 Commercial Price: $7.70
      • Difference: 55 cents
      • Retail Increase: 20 cents
      • Commercial Increase: 25 cents
         
    • Padded Flat Rate Envelope
      • 2021 Retail Price: $8.55
      • 2021 Commercial Price: $8.00
      • Difference: 55 cents
      • Retail Increase: 15 cents
      • Commercial Increase: 25 cents

Priority Mail Express® Flat Rate isn’t seeing an increase in prices for 2021.

Their prices are staying at:
• $26.35 Retail and $22.75 Commercial for Regular Flat Rate Envelopes
• $26.50 Retail and $22.95 Commercial for Legal Flat Rate Envelopes
• $26.95 Retail and $23.25 Commercial for Padded Flat Rate Envelopes


Certified Mail®

Certified Mail® will be seeing an increase of 5 cents (~1%) to their prices. Along with that, Return Receipt will be seeing a 5 cents (~3%) increase to their Retail Electronic price. Their Retail Hard Copy price will not be seeing an increase in 2021.
This means that as of January 24, 2021, it will cost $7.00 to send a First-Class Letter as Certified Mail with a hard copy Return Receipt.

This breaks down to:
• $0.55 for the Stamp
• $3.60 for Certified Mail®
• $2.85 for Return Receipt Hard Copy

While the 5 cents increase could shake a few mailrooms, there are ways you can beat the rate increase. The first is to use a Postage Meter, bringing the cost of a First-Class Letter down to 51 cents. Another way is to use electronic Return Receipt. Even though the cost will be increasing to $1.75, using electronic Return Receipt is will be saving you $1.10 on every Return Receipt overall. There is also software such as e-Certify that can digitize the tedious process of sending Certified Mail and cut your costs by using electronic Return Receipt.


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