November 2, 2016

[Updated] Postal Service Rate Changes Went Into Effect January 2017

Author: Renee Bingling

The U.S. Postal Service® announced new rates for both mailing and shipping services effective January 22, 2017. The new rates affected First-Class Mail, Standard Mail, Periodical products, Package Service products and Special Services.

We've provided a summary of the changes below. For more detail read the official approval from the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC).

 

Which Mailing Services Rates Have Changed?

 

MAILING RATE INCREASES:

  • The price for First-Class® Mail letters (1 oz.) increased from 47 cents to 49 cents.
  • The price for First-Class Mail Flats increased from 94 cents to 98 cents.
  • First-Class Parcels (Retail) generally increased by .624 percent but parcels between 0 to 4 oz remained at $2.67.
  • Overall, Media Mail and Library Mail both increased by 1.135 percent.
  • Signature Confirmation™ increased overall by 3.5 percent.

  • Collect on Delivery increased overall by 2.5 percent.

  • Return Receipt increased overall by 2.9 percent.

  • Certificate of Mailing increased overall by 6.1 percent.

There is a silver lining for postage meter users. While the price of stamps will increase to 49 cents, metered mail will see a reduction to 46 cents, increasing the meter discount on First-Class Mail to 6% for a 1oz letter. 

MAILING RATE DECREASES:

  • The First-Class Mail Parcels (Retail) additional ounce price changed from 19 cents to 18 cents.
  • First-Class mailers can mail up to 3.5 oz. letters for the same price as a 1 oz. letter for presorted mail. What this means is that you will be given the opportunity to mail more at the same price as 1 oz.  

 

Which Shipping Services Rates Will Change?

 

Priority Mail Express®:

  • Priority Mail Express Prices increased 3.3 percent and will continue to be offered on zoned Retail, Commercial Base® and Commercial Plus® pricing tiers.
  • Retail prices increased an average of 3.7 percent.
  • Flat Rate envelope price increased to $23.75 and the Legal Flat Rate envelope increased to $23.95. The Padded Flat Rate envelope increased to $24.45.
  • Commercial Base prices increased by an average of 2.4 percent.

Priority Mail®:

  • Priority Mail prices increased by an average of 3.9 percent and will also continue to be offered on zoned Retail, Commercial Base, and Commercial Plus pricing tiers.
  • Priority Mail Retail prices cost .4 percent less than its Priority Mail Express counterpart, as it only increased by  3.3 percent.
  • The Flat-Rate Envelope price increased to $6.65 and the Legal Flat-Rate envelope increased to $6.95. The Padded Flat-Rate Envelope increased to $7.20. The price for the small Flat Rate box was raised to $7.15, the medium Flat Rate box was increased to $13.60 and the large Flat Rate Box increased to $18.85.
  • Commercial Base Prices increased by an average of 4.1 percent, which is 1.7 percent lower than its Priority Mail Express International equivalent.

First-Class Package Service

Generally, First-Class Package Service increased by 4.1 percent.

Parcel Select:

  • Parcel Select non-lightweight increased by an average of 3.5 percent, while Parcel Select Lightweight increased by an average of 8 percent.
  • The prices for Parcel Select Ground ™ increased by an average of 2.7 percent.

USPS Retail Ground

Overall, prices for USPS Retail Ground increased by an average of 3.8 percent.

 

EXTRA SERVICES

Parcel Return Service

On average, the price for Parcel Return Service has increased by an average of 5.5 percent.

Adult Signature Service:

Adult Signature Required and Adult Signature Restricted Delivery Service prices has increased by 3.5 and 3.4 percent respectively.  The price for Adult Signature Required has increased to $5.90 and Adult Signature Restricted Delivery has increased to $6.15.

USPS Package Intercept

The fee for USPS Package Intercept has increased by 3.2 percent to $12.95.

Certified Mail

The retail rate of certified Mail is $3.35.

Media Mail

1 lb. single-piece Media Mail costs $2.63

Library Mail

1 lb. single-piece Library Mail costs $2.50

Return Receipt

The retail rate for Return Receipt Electronic is $1.45 and $2.75 for Return Receipt - Retail.

 

 

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Comments

January 24, 2017 at 12:55 pm
Diane Thorne
as a customer, what do I need to do with my Neopost machine regarding the rate changes?
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February 20, 2017 at 10:23 am
Stella Shasteen
Do I need to change anything on my Neopost machine?
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February 20, 2017 at 11:05 am
Bill
Yes, you need to update the rate table if you have not done so recently. The postal rates changed on January 22. The new rates have been available to Neopost customers since late December. If you've updated you machine since then you should be all set. Otherwise call 1-800-NEOPOST to get the new rates.
February 14, 2017 at 7:44 pm
debra cooper
we are AZ vein and vascular, our meter is not working, could you plase tell us how to fix it.
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February 15, 2017 at 8:37 am
Bill
Please call 1-800-NEOPOST where you can connect with right technical expert for your machine.
January 24, 2017 at 1:07 pm
Bill
Rate updateinformation for all Neopost meters can be found here: https://kb.neopostinc.com/en-us/dita/maps/products/mailing+system/rate+change/rate+information.aspx If you have additional questions, call 1-800-NEOPOST. We have extra rate change staff on this month to help you.
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January 23, 2017 at 10:14 am
Chris
I downloaded the new rate but the screen shows "Home Screen No Printing". If you put something on the scale, no amount comes up. Our machine is the IN-600.
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January 23, 2017 at 11:56 am
Beata
Mine too. Did you resolve the issue?
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January 23, 2017 at 10:31 am
Bill
Hmmm, that's a bit over my head. :) Please call 1-800-NEOPOST. We have extra rate change staff on hand all month and they are all trained to handle the technical questions better than I am. :)
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January 11, 2017 at 10:34 am
Kelly Corneliusen
Where can I find rates for Regional Rate boxes?
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January 11, 2017 at 10:51 am
Bill
You can find all of the latest rates here: http://pe.usps.com/PriceChange/Index . Download the January 2017 Price File and look for the service you want among the tabs along the bottom.
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January 11, 2017 at 10:30 am
Rachael
My meter is not printing the QR code box anymore. Is that a new or do I need service?
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January 11, 2017 at 10:54 am
Bill
I am not sure why that would be happening. Your best bet is to call 1-800-NEOPOST where they can help you trouble shoot the problem.
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January 10, 2017 at 2:15 pm
Beth
Can you advise me as to the new rate for Certified, return receipt 1 oz.
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January 11, 2017 at 10:51 am
Bill
You can find all of the latest rates here: http://pe.usps.com/PriceChange/Index . Download the January 2017 Price File and look for the different services among the tabs along the bottom.
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January 9, 2017 at 1:15 pm
April Theis
We have an IN-300 and there is NO information on your website about updating that model. Where can I find information so I can update this machine to reflect the updated postal rates?
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January 9, 2017 at 2:53 pm
Bill
Rate change information for the current 300 Series meters can be found here: https://kb.neopostinc.com/en-us/dita/maps/products/mailing+system/rate+change/rate+information.aspx If you do not see your model here, call 1-800-NEOPOST. They will be able to help you.
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January 9, 2017 at 10:09 am
Linda
Can you tell me what the commercial rate is for the legal sized priority mail envelopes? Also is the new rate sheet available for downloading?
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January 9, 2017 at 2:50 pm
Bill
The new pricing for a Legal Flat Rate Envelope will be $6.95 Retail, $6.25 with Commercial Base Pricing. Our USPS Rate Poster is currently being updated. I expect it to be finished before the end of the week.
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January 6, 2017 at 10:49 am
Jo Street
I received an invoice for a rate change protection charge. Can you tell me what that is for?
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January 6, 2017 at 11:28 am
Bill
It's hard to say for certain without seeing the invoice, but in general the Rate Change Protection Plan provides unlimited rate updates whenever, and however often they happen. Otherwise, you would need to pay the full amount for each rate update. You call 1-800-NEOPOST for a more detailed explanation of your particular invoice.
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January 5, 2017 at 4:09 pm
DIANE PETROSO
TRIED UPLOADING NEW RATES TO IN-300 SERIES TODAY. GETTING ERROR MESSAGE. PLEASE HELP. THANK YOU!
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January 5, 2017 at 4:48 pm
Bill
Call 1-800-Neopost, we have expanded rate change staff on all month to answer your technical questions. They will be able to help you. And don't panic, we still have over 2 weeks before the change goes into effect. :)
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January 9, 2017 at 2:58 pm
Bill
Rosa - You may download the new rates anytime now if you have Rate Change Protection. If you have an older machine which requires you to order the new rate file, or if you have any questions regarding how to update your machine, please call 1-800-NEOPOST or visit https://www.myneopost.com/US/en_US
January 9, 2017 at 2:53 pm
Rosa T. Diaz
On the 22nd would I be instructed to update my current machine for the pricing of .46?
January 5, 2017 at 4:50 pm
Diane Petroso
Thank you. Will call tomorrow morning.
January 4, 2017 at 3:54 pm
Maria Castellanos
I have a questions is the price for insured mail going to increase.
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January 5, 2017 at 10:53 am
Bill
You can find all of the latest rates here: http://pe.usps.com/PriceChange/Index . Download the January 2017 Price File and look for the Dom Extra Svcs tab along the bottom. Insurance: Regular, amount of coverage 0.01 - 50.00 $2.10, 50.01 - 100.00 $2.65, 100.01 - 200.00 $3.35, 200.01 - 300.00 $4.40, 300.01 - 400.00 $5.55, 400.01 - 500.00 $6.70, 500.01 - 600.00 $9.15, Per each additional $100 or fraction thereof $1.25, Insurance Restricted Delivery $4.95,
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December 27, 2016 at 10:24 am
Betty Miller/Alamont Dental
We currently have IN 300 series/ID 30889 meter machine. What will we need to do in order to update the postage rate for first class mail on this machine?
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December 28, 2016 at 11:53 am
Bill
You can find instructions on how to update every Neopost and Hasler machine here: http://kb.neopostinc.com/dita/maps/products/mailing+system/rate+change/rate+information.aspx
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December 27, 2016 at 8:14 am
Elizabeth Rodriguez
Good Morning, Can we have the price for International and domestic Registered mail please.
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January 3, 2017 at 10:26 am
Williedean Green
Iwoould like the pric of International mail letters
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January 3, 2017 at 12:18 pm
Bill
You can find all of the latest rates here: http://pe.usps.com/PriceChange/Index . Download the January 2017 Price File and look for the international tabs along the bottom. (You will need to scroll a bit as they are near the end).
December 28, 2016 at 12:08 pm
Bill
International Registered Mail will be $14.95. I can't seem to get the Domestic Registered Mail rate chart to paste into this comments box in anyway that is legible, but you can find that, as well as all of the latest rates here: http://pe.usps.com/PriceChange/Index . Download the January 2017 Price File and view the "Dom Extra Svcs" tab.
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December 21, 2016 at 11:46 am
Tamara
When will the rate change cards be received by us
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December 28, 2016 at 11:44 am
Bill
Customers covered by Rate Change Protection should begin receiving new cards within the first two weeks of January.
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December 15, 2016 at 12:42 pm
Bob Ranando
Hello, what is the current cost for a metered postcard, and will this change in 2017?
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December 15, 2016 at 12:52 pm
Administrator
HI Bob, Thank you for your question. The single-piece retail price to mail a postcard will remain unchanged at $0.34. We do not have a metered rate for postcard. Please ensure that you verify this by checking the USPS' Postal Explorer site http://pe.usps.com/PriceChange/Index.
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December 15, 2016 at 1:02 pm
Bob Ranando
Thanks so much for the update!
December 15, 2016 at 12:32 pm
Maria
What is the rate for postcards?
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December 15, 2016 at 12:55 pm
Administrator
Hi Maria, Thank you for your question. The single-piece retail price to mail a postcard will remain unchanged at $0.34. Please ensure that you verify this by checking the USPS' Postal Explorer site
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December 13, 2016 at 2:05 pm
Yolanda Cabrera
Was in the webinar today regarding the rate increase. Will a copy of the slide be sent to whoever attended? thought I would share this within our organization
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December 15, 2016 at 12:49 pm
Administrator
Hi Yolanda, Thanks for your question and we appreciated that you took the time to attend the parcel rate change webinar. If you return to the webinar registration page, you will see a copy of the December 13, 2016 webinar presentation for download. Please feel free to share in your organization! Also, please note that the next webinar will be on January 19, 2017 and we will share details about the U.S. Postal Service's rate changes which will go into effect on Sunday, January 22, 2017.
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December 12, 2016 at 3:46 pm
Mary
Will the new rate automatically increase on the mail machine? My company is currently using N4353/IM5000. Thank you
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December 13, 2016 at 9:38 am
Administrator
Hi Mary, Thanks for your question. The general answer is that it depends on your postage meter model. Please visit the following page to find your model and learn how to update the new rates. Please be reminded that the new rates are effective on January 22, 2017. Visit here>> http://kb.neopostinc.com/en-us/dita/maps/products/mailing+system/rate+change/rate+information.aspx You may also visit our Rate Change FAQ page for more details: http://www.neopostusa.com/rate-change-information/rate-change-faq.
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December 12, 2016 at 2:00 pm
Dan Leonardson
Is there a predicted rate for metered post cards? Thanks
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December 28, 2016 at 12:26 pm
Bill
Metered, presorted First-Class Mail postcards will be $0.284
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December 12, 2016 at 11:05 am
Florence Berna
Am I missing First Class International Mail currently $1.15? Please advise.
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December 13, 2016 at 9:50 am
Administrator
Hi Florence, Thanks for your question. The proposed First Class International Mail price (up to 1 oz.) announced by the USPS earlier was $1.15, across price groups 1 to 9 and should be effective January 22, 2017. Please ensure that you verify this by checking the USPS' Postal Explorer site http://pe.usps.com/PriceChange/Index.
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December 12, 2016 at 10:30 am
Charlene
My Neopost Model # is IS-330 (just received it last month). Will my postage rates automatically be adjusted on this model?
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December 13, 2016 at 10:09 am
Administrator
Hi Charlene, Thanks for your question. The general answer is that it depends on your postage meter model. Please visit the following page to find your model and learn how to update the new rates. Please be reminded that the new rates are effective on January 22, 2017. Visit here>> http://kb.neopostinc.com/en-us/dita/maps/products/mailing+system/rate+change/rate+information.aspx You may also visit our Rate Change FAQ page for more details: http://www.neopostusa.com/rate-change-information/rate-change-faq.
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December 12, 2016 at 9:44 am
Terry Ballard
I work for The David Joseph Co, and our meter is a Hasler Model IM-480, Serial number DC-1130502475, Customer ID 45223825. How do I get the new chip for new rates coming up in January?
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December 28, 2016 at 12:18 pm
Bill
You can find detailed instructions for every Neopost/Hasler model here: http://kb.neopostinc.com/dita/maps/products/mailing+system/rate+change/rate+information.aspx
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December 12, 2016 at 8:59 am
Karen
Please send a group email when the new postage rate chart is ready for download.
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December 13, 2016 at 10:14 am
Administrator
Hi Karen, Thanks for this. If you haven't already, we would love for you to subscribe to our newsletter (sent once per month) which will have all the latest postage rate updates. You may sign up on this page >> http://www.gowithneopost.com/knowledge-center/neonews
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December 9, 2016 at 6:45 pm
PH Jones
Hi. We currently pay 0.465 per piece.
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December 9, 2016 at 5:24 pm
Nathan
What then will be the cost on NeoShip?
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December 13, 2016 at 10:25 am
Administrator
Hi Nathan, Thanks for your question. There is no call to action for NeoShip customers as far as “updating a rate file” - we use the API’s from the USPS – so any changes that are made, are done automatically upon login to NeoShip. In other words, the rate change takes place on Sunday (January 22, 2017) and you log in on Monday and your rates are up to date. From a NeoShip perspective, the items that are going to be affected include: Priority Mail Commercial Base Pricing, Priority Mail Express Commercial, First Class Package Services, Library Mail, Media Mail, and Parcel Select Ground.
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December 9, 2016 at 4:22 pm
Carol
When will the Commercial Flat Prices be published?
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December 13, 2016 at 10:34 am
Administrator
Hi Carol, Thanks for your question. The USPS has announced the Commercial Base prices on their Postal Explorer website: http://pe.usps.com/PriceChange/Index We will also be releasing our new USPS Rate Guide with the 2017 commercial base prices by January. You may sign up for our NeoNews newsletter, which will have the latest postal updates: http://www.gowithneopost.com/knowledge-center/neonews
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December 9, 2016 at 3:17 pm
Ashley
As a customer, what do I need to do with my current Neopost meter? Thank you.
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December 13, 2016 at 11:02 am
Administrator
Hi Ashley, Thanks for your question. The general answer is that it depends on your postage meter model. Please visit the following page to find your model and learn how to update the new rates. Please be reminded that the new rates are effective on January 22, 2017. Visit here>> http://kb.neopostinc.com/en-us/dita/maps/products/mailing+system/rate+change/rate+information.aspx ////// You may also visit our Rate Change FAQ page for more details: http://www.neopostusa.com/rate-change-information/rate-change-faq
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December 9, 2016 at 11:51 am
sue abruzzo for j s hovnanian & sons Inc
what are the rates for certified mail- return receipt requested and will my postage machine automatically adjust -- also I have some rates in the memory that I just press a button -- will I have to get the serviceman to adjust that as well
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December 13, 2016 at 11:00 am
Administrator
Hi Sue, Thank you for your question. The rates for Extra Services, under which certified mail, return receipt are categorized, have not been ruled on by the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) as yet. Keep checking the page for updates. ////////// On the matter of updating your rates on your postage meter, please visit the following page to find your model and learn how to update the new rates. Kindly be reminded that the new rates are effective on January 22, 2017. Visit here>> http://kb.neopostinc.com/en-us/dita/maps/products/mailing+system/rate+change/rate+information.aspx ////// You may also visit our Rate Change FAQ page for more details: http://www.neopostusa.com/rate-change-information/rate-change-faq
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December 9, 2016 at 9:06 am
Millie
Good morning! Will the post card rate remain the same?
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December 13, 2016 at 10:54 am
Administrator
Hi Millie, Thanks for your question. The single-piece price to mail a postcard will remain unchanged.
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December 8, 2016 at 6:05 pm
Mike Kelly
What about an international letter 1oz?
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December 13, 2016 at 9:30 am
Administrator
Hi Mike, Thanks for your question. If you are asking about the cost of a First-Class Mail International letter (up to 1 oz.), the price is proposed to be $1.15, across price groups 1 to 9, effective January 22, 2017. Please ensure that you verify this by checking the USPS' Postal Explorer site http://pe.usps.com/PriceChange/Index.
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December 8, 2016 at 5:17 pm
Lauren Pacini
What effect on Media Mail?
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December 13, 2016 at 9:11 am
Administrator
Hi Lauren, Thanks for your question. The U.S. Postal Service has not provided a decision on its Extra Services as yet, which Media Mail falls under. However, please note that the proposed price announced earlier per 1 lb. single-piece was $2.63. Please keep on checking the page for updates.
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December 5, 2016 at 9:10 am
Denise
In reading the Priority Mail details and the chart shown above...they do not match the prices. Which pricing is correct your chart or you detail description? Thank you
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December 28, 2016 at 12:28 pm
Bill
I checked the chart and I do not see the error you are referring too. Can you be more specific?
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December 1, 2016 at 11:49 am
bill trinkle
Can we continue to use the postage meter without the special labels mentioned in notices starting in Jan 2017. In other words just as we are regards first class postage of envelopes with the new rates?
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December 28, 2016 at 12:35 pm
Bill
Which labels are you talking about?
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December 1, 2016 at 11:26 am
Beth
Where can we download a copy of the new rate sheet?
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December 12, 2016 at 7:40 pm
Elsa Mendoza
Need a copy of the new rate sheet.
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December 13, 2016 at 9:36 am
Administrator
Hi Elsa, We are currently working on having our new rate guide ready by January 2017. Please keep checking our page for the updates or you may subscribe to our newsletter for the latest postal news and updates.
December 1, 2016 at 12:04 pm
Administrator
Hi Beth, Thanks for your question. We recently received the announcement of the approval so we are working on the updated rate sheet, which will be available for download soon. Stay tuned to our rate change web pages: http://www.gowithneopost.com/knowledge-center/rate-change and http://www.neopostusa.com/resources/rate-change-information.
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December 1, 2016 at 12:06 pm
Beth
thank you! Beth
December 1, 2016 at 10:48 am
Susan
Will the postal meter automatically change to be compliant with the new rates?
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December 1, 2016 at 12:15 pm
Administrator
Hi Susan, Thanks for your question. The general answer is that it depends on your postage meter model. Please visit the following page to find your model and learn how to update the new rates. Please be reminded that the new rates are effective on January 22, 2017. Visit here>> http://kb.neopostinc.com/en-us/dita/maps/products/mailing+system/rate+change/rate+information.aspx You may also visit our Rate Change FAQ page for more details: http://www.neopostusa.com/rate-change-information/rate-change-faq
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December 1, 2016 at 10:41 am
Les
What will the postage meter rate be? Will that still go down to $0.46?
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December 1, 2016 at 11:59 am
Administrator
Hi Les, Thanks for your question. The price of stamps will increase to 49 cents, while metered mail will see a reduction to 46 cents, which will increase the discount on First-Class Mail from a half cent to three cents. Please be reminded that the new rates won't go into effect until January 22, 2017 and should be available for postage meters in January.
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December 1, 2016 at 12:00 pm
Les
Perfect! Thank you.
November 3, 2016 at 11:26 am
Donna
could? or will?
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November 7, 2016 at 11:56 am
Administrator
Hi Donna, Thanks for your query. The rates have not been approved yet as they were submitted to the PRC but keep tuned to our page for the update.
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November 3, 2016 at 10:16 am
Carmen Goodman
I would like to know if the increase will effect the certified mail?
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December 1, 2016 at 11:30 am
Administrator
Hi Carmen, Thanks for your question. The Postal Regulatory Commission which regulates the U.S. Postal Service has not yet decided on the rate change for extra services, which is the category under which certified mail is classified. We will update our blog as soon as they do.
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