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. Our hub outlines all of the changes by comparing the new postage rates to the previous year.
2019 Postage Rates Overview
The USPS imposed a 5-cent increase to the 1 oz. Forever Stamp, bring the cost 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|
Savings 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 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 now charged based on both weight and zone, like other major carriers. 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. With 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. First Class Package Service is now a lot easier to compare with other USPS services and major carrier services to identify the most cost-effective shipping method.
Solutions to Simplify USPS Rate Changes
Rates may be going up, but it's a definite win for postage meter users. No matter what mailing system you choose, you'll get access to discounted metered mail rates. Realize even more savings using a shipping system to access Commercial Based Pricing. Remember, the USPS still has an edge over other carriers. It doesn't add surcharges for fuel, residential delivery, or regular Saturday or holiday season delivery.
For More On the Current Postage Rate
Find complete Postal Service price filings with the new prices for all mailing and shipping products on the USPS website. To receive alerts on all postal rate changes subscribe to NeoNews, our monthly newsletter, and get updates right in your inbox.
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For answers to the most common USPS Rates questions, read our Rate Change FAQs.