Current and New USPS Postage Rates

The current postal rates as well as the rates for 2019.

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On January 21, 2018, rate changes for both the Market Dominant and Competitive product price lists went into effect. 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.

First-Class Mail®
 
 
Type
Current
Proposed
First-Class Mail Letter ( up to 1 oz. ) - Retail Rate
Current:$0.49
Proposed:$0.50
First-Class Mail Letter ( up to 1 oz. ) - Meter Rate
Current:$0.46
Proposed:$0.47

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

Priority Mail®

Priority Mail® - Retail Rates
 
 
Type
Current
Proposed
Regular Flat Rate Envelope
Current:$6.65
Proposed:$6.70
Legal Flat Rate Envelope
Current:$6.95
Proposed:$7.00
Padded Flat Rate Envelope
Current:$7.20
Proposed:$7.25
Small Flat Rate Box
Current:$7.15
Proposed:$7.20
Medium Flat Rate Box
Current:$13.60
Proposed:$13.65
Large Flat Rate Box
Current:$18.85
Proposed:$18.90
APO/FPO/DPO Large Flat Rate Box
Current:$17.35
Proposed:$17.40

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.

Priority Mail Express® - Retail Rates
 
 
Type
Current
Proposed
Flat Rate Envelope
Current:$23.75
Proposed:$24.70

Get more details in the latest press release from the USPS®.

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First Class Mail:
The USPS® requested a 5 cent increase to the 1 oz. Forever Stamp, increasing to 55 cents—the highest postage rate price jump since 1991. Time for the good news: postage meter customers pay a discounted rate of 50 cents for each 1 oz. First-Class single mail piece. That is a savings of 5 cents over the retail rate, which can really add up. For example, the average small business mails 5,000 mail pieces a year, with the discounted meter rate they will save 9 percent, adding up to $250 in annual savings!

Proposed Mailing Service Price Changes
 
 
Product
Current
Proposed
Letters (stamped 1 oz.)
Current:$0.50
Proposed:$0.55
Letters (metered 1 oz.)
Current:$0.47
Proposed:$0.50
Letters additional ounces
Current:$0.21 each ounce
Proposed:$0.15 each ounce
Outbound International Letters (1 oz.)
Current:$1.15
Proposed:$1.15
Domestic Postcards
Current:$0.35
Proposed:$0.35

Extra Services:
The additional cost of sending a mail piece as Certified Mail® is proposed to go up from $3.45 a piece to $3.50. The return receipt increasing five cents from $2.75 to $2.80.

However, electronic RR is an alternate to filling out those tedious green cards and finding a good way to store them, is electronic Return Receipt (eRR). Electronic Return Receipt provides a savings of 43 percent over using print return receipt. Plus you have online tracking and document management. Click here to learn more about our electronic return receipt software e-Certify.

Proposed Extra Services Price Changes
 
 
Product
Current
Proposed
Certified Mail™
Current:$3.45
Proposed:$3.50
Certificate of Mailing
Current:$1.40
Proposed:$1.45
Return Receipt (print)
Current:$2.75
Proposed:$2.80
Return Receipt (electronic)
Current:$1.50
Proposed:$1.60
signature Confirmation™
Current:$3.00
Proposed:$3.05

The complete Postal Service price filings with the new proposed prices for all products can be found here. Keep an eye out for developments. We post news stories and blog posts on gowithneopost blog weekly. To receive alerts on all USPS postage rate changes subscribe to our monthly newsletter NeoNews.

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According to the USPS®, they will increase retail rates an average of 5.9 percent on Priority Mail and an average of 3.9 percent on Priority Mail Express. Retail rates are the prices you pay when you ship from the Post Office. The alternative is Commercial Based Pricing (CBP), which are discounted rates given only to businesses using a shipping system, like NeoShip. For example, the retail rates for one of the most popular products, the Padded Flat Rate Envelope, will increase from $7.25 to $8.00. However, if you get Commercial Based Pricing using a shipping system, the rate for a Padded Flat Rate Envelope still increases but to a lesser extent, going from $7.05 to only $7.50, still providing a significant savings.

Proposed Priority Mail Retail Price Changes
 
 
Product
Current
Proposed
Small Flat Rate Box
Current:$7.20
Proposed:$7.90
Medium Flat Rate Box
Current:$13.65
Proposed:$14.35
Large Flat Rate Box
Current:$18.90
Proposed:$19.95
APO/FPO/DPO Large Flat Rate Box
Current:$17.40
Proposed:$18.45
Regular Flat Rate Envelope
Current:$6.70
Proposed:$7.35
Legal Flat Rate Envelope
Current:$7.00
Proposed:$7.56
Padded Flat Rate Envelope
Current:$7.25
Proposed:$8.00

First Class Package Service Gets Zone-Based
Major USPS package services such as Priority Mail, Priority Mail Express and Parcel Select are charged based off of both weight and zone. In an effort to standardize all their package services USPS is proposing for 2019 that First Class Package Service—which currently only uses package weight to determine its cost—also be priced based off of weight and zone. Zone 1 is the closest to the shipper and Zones 8/9 will be the furthest and the most expensive.

Currently, a 7 ounce package costs $3.05 no matter where it is going. Looking at the proposed rates for 2019, that 7 ounce package would cost $3.18 for Zones 1 and 2 and up to $3.63 for Zone 9. If First Class Package Service becomes zone-based it will be easier to compare it to other USPS services as well as major carrier services, making it an apples to apples price comparison. For the full list of First Class Package service rates please go here.

Proposed First Class Package Service Retail Rates

Don’t Take Up More Space: Be Smart About DIM Weight
The USPS is decreasing its DIM weight divisor from 194 to 166 making it more important than ever to package your shipments properly. DIM weight mostly affects large but light-weight packages, driven by the fact that they take up room so they should cost more than they would based on weight alone. The divisor is changing from 194 to 166 (UPS and FedEx are 139). So if you send a 3 pound lampshade in a box that is 15” x 11” x 11”, using the USPS cubic inches calculation of 15 x 11 x 11 divided by 166, the dimensional weight of this package becomes 11 pounds. That is almost four times the lampshade’s actual weight.

DIM weight pricing is used for packages over 1 cubic foot for Priority Mail, Priority Mail Express and Parcel Select Ground. Click here to find current DIM weight information and download our definitive guide.

The complete Postal Service price filings with the new proposed prices for all products can be found here. Keep an eye out for developments. We post news stories and blog posts on gowithneopost blog weekly. To receive alerts on all USPS postage rate changes subscribe to our monthly newsletter NeoNews.

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The USPS® has been putting on Promotions & Incentive Programs since 2012 as a way to encourage marketers, printers, and mailers to take advantage of innovative ways to add value to their mail—all while gaining postal discounts. This upcoming 2019 season is no different. The USPS has released a slew of promotions around different mail innovations including Informed Delivery, Mobile Shopping and more.

Check out all the details below and see how your business can leverage promotions for improved customer engagement and discounted prices.

Postal Promotions

The Intelligent Mail Package Barcode (IM®pb) is the Postal Service's next-gen tracking barcode for parcels and extra services. The barcodes provide you with complete visibility to your package status – from the moment you send your package up to the moment it’s delivered. Plus, since the IM®pb labels help make the Postal Service more efficient, they pass along those benefits to you, the shipper, in the form of Commercial Base pricing discounts. The discounted rates are accessible only through the creation of shipping labels generated from online shipping software such as NeoShip.

For more information on Commercial Based Pricing discounts and how you can get them go to our full IM®pb FAQ page.

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