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GoWithNeopost.com | USPS® Proposed January Rate Change
November 1, 2017

USPS® Proposed January Rate Change

On Friday, October 6, 2017, the United States Postal Service® (USPS®) submitted their proposed rate change cases for both the Market Dominant and Competitive product price lists to the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC), both with an intended effective date of Sunday, January 21, 2018 at 12:01am.  The PRC has approved the proposal. Here are the details of the rate changes for some of the most popular mail classes.

Mailing Services:  Product prices will increase an average of approximately 1.9%

 

First-Class Mail®

The price of a First-Class Mail Forever stamp will increase one cent. Meter users still receive a 3 cent discount.

 

Shipping Services: Product prices will increase an average of approximately 3.9%

 

Priority Mail®

Are you a NeoShip user? You’re eligible for Commercial Base Pricing (CBP).

What is CBP? In the notice, USPS® states, “The Commercial Base price category offers lower prices to customers using authorized postage payment methods.” With regards to the January rate change for Priority Mail®, “The Commercial Base prices will increase 6.2 percent on average. Commercial Base prices will, on average, reflect a 9.4 percent discount off of Retail prices.”

 

 

Priority Mail Express®

The price for the Retail Flat Rate Envelope, a significant portion of all Priority Mail Express volume, is increasing to $24.70 from $23.75.

Are you a NeoShip user? You’re eligible for Commercial Base Pricing.

With regards to the January rate change for Priority Mail Express®, the USPS® states, “The Commercial Base prices will increase 3.7 percent on average. Commercial Base prices will be set at an average 11 .3 percent discount off of Retail prices.”

 

 

If you're looking for more detail on a specific mail class, this resource by the USPS® lists all services and proposed pricing. Get more details in the latest press release from the USPS® and join our mailing list to keep up with the latest news about the rate change.

 

Please note that rates will not be available for download until early January, but they'll be ready in time for the rate change!

For specific instructions on how to get new rates on your machine, go to our Knowledgebase, or check out the FAQs for even more answers.

 

 

Comments

January 19, 2018 at 3:31 pm
Georgia
Do the news postage rates upload on our postage meter automatically or do we need to put them in manually? We have IN-700
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January 22, 2018 at 11:24 am
Bill
Make sure you are connected to the Internet and run a Generic call. This will ensure the new rates are on your machine assuming you have purchased rate change protection. You can also go here for additional help: https://www.neopost.com/resources/rate-change-information/rate-change-support to find out about your meter.
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January 17, 2018 at 3:56 pm
Beth
Will the Letter (single piece) up to 2oz Meter Rate increase? Will you post the new Rate Guide that we can download as you did last fall? That was very helpful. Thank you.
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January 17, 2018 at 4:06 pm
Bill
Yes, the Letter (single piece) up to 2oz Meter Rate will increase a penny to $0.68 The new Rate Guide will be released on Friday. Everyone on our email list will be sent a notification when it is ready.
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December 7, 2017 at 1:26 pm
Lois
Are the Regional "A" and "B" rates going up? If so, do you know the new prices? Thanks!
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December 8, 2017 at 8:41 am
Bill
I'm not sure which rates you are referring to. The complete Postal Service price filings with the new prices for all products can be found on the PRC site under the Daily Listings section at https://www.prc.gov/dockets/daily. For the Mailing Services filing see Oct. 6, 2017, Docket No. R2018-1. For the Shipping Services filing see Oct. 6, 2017, Docket No. CP2018-8.
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December 8, 2017 at 11:06 am
Lois
I found them. I was referring to the commercial regional A and regional B boxes where the costs are set by distance, not weight.
December 7, 2017 at 8:05 am
Sara
Are the first class rates for mailing to Canada and other foreign countries going up (now $1.15)?
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December 8, 2017 at 8:42 am
Bill
The outbound International Rate (1 oz.) will remain at $1.15, according to this press release: https://about.usps.com/news/national-releases/2017/pr17_062.htm
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November 29, 2017 at 4:54 pm
County Clerk
When will a final decision be made on these rate changes?
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December 7, 2017 at 11:51 am
Bill
The changes have been approved by the PRC.
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November 21, 2017 at 4:36 pm
Pam
Will our Neopost machine automatically update or do need to do something on our end?
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December 8, 2017 at 8:38 am
Bill
It depends on which meter you have and whether or not you have Rate Change protection on your account. Please visit https://www.neopostusa.com/resources/rate-change-information/rate-change-support for more information.
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November 21, 2017 at 10:10 am
Lamond
Hi Christina, we have a hassle 220 will we need to order the new rate chip for the upcoming rate change in January?
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January 17, 2018 at 12:12 pm
Bill
It depends on your setup and whether or not you have rate change protection in your plan. There are a number of ways to find out.... Visit https://www.neopost.com/resources/rate-change-information/rate-change-support
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November 20, 2017 at 10:51 am
Cindy
We have the IS -300, I went to the knowlegebase to look it up, but there is no IS-300 Is it the same as the IS-330?
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January 17, 2018 at 12:12 pm
Bill
300 is the Series of your meter. It likely has a number 330-, 340, 350,etc... There are a number of ways to find out.... Visit https://www.neopost.com/resources/rate-change-information/rate-change-support
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November 17, 2017 at 11:32 am
Carmen
What about the price for Certified mail?
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November 17, 2017 at 3:34 pm
Christina
Hi Carmen, It looks like Certified Mail will increase from $3.35 to $3.45. You can check this resource from the USPS for all proposed pricing, effective January 21, 2018: https://pe.usps.com/pricechange/index
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November 17, 2017 at 10:13 am
Stephanie Lightcap
We have a Hasler IN-300 Series postage machine that was installed not too long ago. It is currently set at $.46 for regular mail. Will the increase in 2018 automatically be taken care of for this machine, or will there be something that we will need to do, and if so, how will we get instructions?
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November 17, 2017 at 3:36 pm
Christina
Hi Stephanie, You can check for detailed instructions on our Knowledgebase, which is linked to at the end of this blog post. Note that the updated rates will not be available until early January, closer to the effective date. Keep an eye out for more communications from us as the date approaches.
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November 20, 2017 at 10:22 am
Stephanie Lightcap
I did check your Knowledgebase before I sent my email to you and our machine number is not listed. The number is IN-300 - that is the number on the front of the machine. So, I emailed you to find out if it will be automatically updated since we only got it in June or July of this year? Please advise. Thank you.
November 16, 2017 at 6:31 pm
Regina
Yes we are a Neopost customer. How much would our rates be for commercial clients?
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November 17, 2017 at 3:42 pm
Christina
Hi Regina, Refer to this resource from the USPS to check for specific commercial pricing by product: https://pe.usps.com/pricechange/index
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November 16, 2017 at 5:48 pm
Pennie
Hi - i seen that certified mailing is going up - in the comments. Can you tell me if certificate of mailing will be increased? Very important in my line of business.
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November 17, 2017 at 3:40 pm
Christina
Hi Pennie, It looks like basic Certificate of Mailing will be increasing from $1.35 to $1.40. For more detailed pricing information, refer to the USPS resource provided here: https://pe.usps.com/pricechange/index
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November 17, 2017 at 4:45 pm
Pennie
Thank you! i appreciate the information - penn
November 16, 2017 at 4:23 pm
Sally Gianelli, Office Administrator
Neopost, we have an account with you and currently pay 47 cents for first class metered mail, yet I see here we should be paying $0.46 per letter. Can you explain why?
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November 16, 2017 at 4:30 pm
Christina
Hi Sally, This could mean your meter does not have the most updated rates... Check for your specific meter on our knowledgebase here for instructions on how to get the latest rates: https://kb.neopostinc.com/en-us/dita/maps/products/mailing+system/rate+change/rate+information.aspx
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November 16, 2017 at 6:06 pm
P. Borges
I have the IJ25 as well, and you can always go in and manually set the postage to the .46.
November 16, 2017 at 4:56 pm
Christina
Hi Sally, For help with this, please reach out to our customer support Monday to Friday from 7am to 6pm CST at 1-800-NEOPOST (636-7678) or log in to MyNeopost and submit an online support request.
November 16, 2017 at 4:45 pm
Sally Gianelli, Office Administrator
I have model IJ-25 and just followed instructions posted for this model from the link you sent me. However, after I finished unplugging, waiting, and replugging my machine, the new rates (.46) did not show. Is there any way to display 0.46 cents now, rather than continue overpaying until the next rate change?
November 16, 2017 at 3:37 pm
Robin
Are there changes in the certified mailing & return receipt fees?
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November 16, 2017 at 4:35 pm
Christina
Hi Robin, It looks like Certified Mail will increase from $3.35 to $3.45, and Return Receipt - Retail will remain the same, while Return Receipt - Electronic will increase from $1.45 to $1.50. You can check this resource from the USPS for all proposed pricing, effective January 21, 2018: https://pe.usps.com/pricechange/index
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November 16, 2017 at 3:22 pm
Emily
Will NeoPost automatically update our machines? Thanks!
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November 16, 2017 at 4:24 pm
Christina
Hi Doris, It depends on your specific machine... You can check for detailed instructions for your machine on our Knowledgebase, which is linked to at the end of this blog post. Note that the new rates aren't available yet, but will be in early January!
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November 16, 2017 at 3:16 pm
Perry Edon
what is it that we need to do so we can be in compliance we the new UPSP rate change.
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November 17, 2017 at 3:43 pm
Christina
Hi Perry, It depends on your specific machine... You can check for detailed instructions for your machine on our Knowledgebase, which is linked to at the end of this blog post. Note that the new rates aren't available yet, but will be in early January.
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November 16, 2017 at 3:10 pm
Doris
Will Neopost be sending the updated rate change to the customers automatically?
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November 16, 2017 at 3:28 pm
Christina
Hi Doris, What you will need to do depends on your specific machine. You can check for detailed instructions on our Knowledgebase, which is linked to at the end of this blog post. Note that the updated rates will not be available until early January, closer to the effective date, so keep an eye out for additional communications.
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November 16, 2017 at 3:04 pm
Kathy Olson
How do I know if I am eligible for Commercial Base Pricing? We have a MailStation2 unit and have a postage credit account. Thanks for your assistance! Kathy Olson
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January 17, 2018 at 12:11 pm
Bill
There are a number of ways to find out.... Visit https://www.neopost.com/resources/rate-change-information/rate-change-support
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November 16, 2017 at 3:03 pm
Dianne Woods
Thanks for you promptness in letting your customers know as soon as possible.
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November 17, 2017 at 3:53 pm
Christina
You're welcome, Dianne! Thanks for reading. =]
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November 16, 2017 at 3:02 pm
Ashley
What, if anything, do current NeoPost machine users need to do? Thank you.
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November 16, 2017 at 3:27 pm
Christina
Hi Ashley, The rates are not yet available on any mailing machines, but will be in time for the rate change! What you will need to do depends on your specific machine. You can check for detailed instructions on our Knowledgebase or browse our FAQs. Both links have been added to the end of this article. Thanks!
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