Once a year, the USPS files their mailing and shipping rate changes to the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC). These changes can effect everything from the price of a stamp to Certified Mail and USPS package services. That’s why we’ve outlined all of the changes by comparing the new postage rates to the previous year.
2019 Postage Rate Changes Overview
The USPS imposed a 5 cent increase to the 1 oz. Forever Stamp, up to 55 cents—the highest 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!
|First-Class Letters (stamped 1 oz.)||$0.50||$0.55|
|First-Class Letters (metered 1 oz.)||$0.47||$0.50|
|First-Class Letters additional ounces||$0.21 each ounce||$0.15 each ounce|
|Outbound International Letters||$1.15||$1.15|
Save on Priority Mail® and Priority Mail Express® with Commercial Rates
Retail rates, the prices you pay when you ship from the Post Office, increased an average of 5.9 percent on Priority Mail and an average of 3.9 percent on Priority Mail Express. The alternative to paying retail rates is to use Commercial Based Pricing (CBP), which are discounted rates given to businesses that use a shipping system, like NeoShip. The difference in pricing is significant! The retail rate for one of the most popular USPS products, the Padded Flat Rate Envelope, increased from $7.25 to $8.00. Using a shipping system, the cost of a Padded Flat Rate Envelope only increases to $7.50, providing a significant savings.
|Small Flat Rate Box||$7.20||$7.90|
|Medium Flat Rate Box||$13.65||$14.35|
|Large Flat Rate Box||$18.90||$19.95|
|APO/FPO Large Flat Rate Box||$17.40||$18.45|
|Regular Flat Rate Envelope||$6.70||$7.35|
|Legal Flat Rate Envelope||$7.00||$7.56|
|Padded Flat Rate Envelope||$7.25||$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, First Class Package Service—which currently only uses package weight to determine its cost—are now also priced using weight and zone. Zone 1 is the closest to the shipper. Zone 8/9 is the furthest and most expensive. Previously, a 7-ounce package cost $3.05 to send, no matter the destination. Looking at the new rates for 2019, that 7-ounce package costs $3.18 for Zones 1 and 2 and up to $3.63 for Zone 9. Zone-based First Class Package Service is now easier to compare with other USPS services as well as major carrier services, making it an apples to apples price comparison.
Solutions to Simplify USPS Rate Changes
Now that you have a deeper understanding of the new mailing and shipping price changes, you can leverage your mailing system for discounted metered mail rates and look into using a shipping system to get Commercial Based Pricing. In fact, you're incentivized to do just that! Remember, the USPS still has an edge over other carriers because it does not add surcharges for fuel, residential delivery, or regular Saturday or holiday season delivery.
You can find the complete Postal Service price filings with the new prices for all mailing and shipping products on the USPS website. Keep an eye out for developments. To receive alerts on all postal rate changes subscribe to NeoNews, our monthly newsletter.
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