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).
MAILING RATE INCREASES:
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.
MAILING RATE DECREASES:
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.
Priority Mail Express®:
First-Class Package Service
Generally, First-Class Package Service increased by 4.1 percent.
USPS Retail Ground
Overall, prices for USPS Retail Ground increased by an average of 3.8 percent.
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.
The retail rate of certified Mail is $3.35.
1 lb. single-piece Media Mail costs $2.63
1 lb. single-piece Library Mail costs $2.50
The retail rate for Return Receipt Electronic is $1.45 and $2.75 for Return Receipt - Retail.