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USPS announces rate and service changes on Jan 22nd, 2017

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Shipping carriers routinely update their products and adjust their rates. These changes usually occur at the start of the year. For 2017, all major carriers are announcing rate changes.

The USPS is implementing their rate changes on January 22nd, 2017.

Overview of changes to mail classes and products:

The January 22nd service changes will affect the following mail classes and products:

  • Domestic First-Class Package Service
  • Domestic Priority Mail
  • Domestic Priority Mail Express
  • Parcel Select Ground
  • Media Mail
  • Additional Services
NOTE: there will be no changes to Priority Mail International, Priority Mail Express International, or First-Class Mail International Package Service rates.

Scan down this page and expand each section to learn more. We provide detailed summaries of the rate changes impacting each service type.

In discussing rates, we summarize changes to the following rate types - click through each link to learn more about the rate type:

Some rate and service types are changing more than others. Even then, Commercial rates will continue to yield greater savings over Retail rates.

Rate changes vary across zones as well. Learn more about zones.

First-Class Package Service changes

Details of service changes:

Domestic:

Commercial Base rates for First-Class Package Service are increasing by an average of 6.5%. Increases affect all parcel weights.

Retail rates for First-Class Package Service are increasing for parcels under 8 oz by an average of 1.1%. Yet these rates are decreasing for parcels weighing 8-13 oz, by an average of 0.9%.

Domestic rates for Large Envelope/Flats are increasing by 4 cents for all weights. The average rate increase is 2.1%.

International:

First-Class Mail International Package Service rates are not changing. This applies to both Commercial and Retail rates.

Learn more about USPS First Class Package Service.

 

Averages of rate changes:

RETAIL:

  FLATS
Package Avg Change in Rate
Ounces Dollars ($) Percent
1-3 0.04 3.6%
4-7 0.04 2.2%
8-10 0.04 1.5%
11-13 0.04 1.2%
 
  PARCELS
Package Avg Change in Rate
Ounces Dollars ($) Percent
1-3 0.05 1.9%
4-7 0.02 0.5%
8-10 -0.02 -0.6%
11-13 -0.05 -1.2%

View the 2017 USPS First-Class Mail Retail rate tables:

 

COMMERCIAL BASE PRICING (CBP):

  DOMESTIC
Package Service
Package Avg Change in Rate
Ounces Dollars ($) Percent
1-4 0.01 0.4%
5-8 0.17 6.5%
9-10 0.07 1.9%
11-13 0.29 8.4%
14-15.999 0.56 15.5%
 
  INTERNATIONAL
Large Envelope/Flats
Package Avg Change in Rate
Ounces Dollars ($) Percent
1-8 -0.18 -3.8%
9-24 -0.43 -3.8%
25-40 -0.67 -3.8%
41-52 -0.89 -3.8%
53-64 -1.07 -3.8%

View the 2017 USPS First-Class Mail Commercial Base rate tables:

 

Priority Mail changes

Details of service changes:

Domestic:

Rates for domestic Priority Mail Flat Rate parcels will increase. This applies to both Flat Rate boxes and envelopes. Commercial rates are increasing by an average of 5.8%. Retail rates are increasing by an average of 3.9%.

Priority Mail Regional Rate box pricing will also increase across all zones for both Box A and Box B, by an average of 6.9%. With one exception, Regional Box A, when shipped to Zone 8, will cost 49 cents less. Learn more about Priority Mail Regional Rate.

Commercial weight-based rates are increasing an average of 6%. This includes both Commercial Base and Commercial Plus pricing. In the case of specific zones, parcels weighing 2-6 lbs may ship for less than in 2016.

Retail weight-based Priority Mail shipments will see a mix of rate changes. Rates for parcels over 25 lbs remain unchanged from 2016. All parcels weighing 1-3 lbs and some weighing 4-24 lbs will see rate increases. Some retail rates are decreasing, for parcels weighing 4-8 lbs and traveling to Zones 4-5.

International:

Priority Mail International rates, across all rate and package types, are not changing.

Learn more about USPS Priority Mail.

 

Averages of rate changes:

RETAIL:

  DOMESTIC
Flat Rate
Package Change in Rate
Type Dollars ($) Percent
Envelopes 0.20 3.1%
Legal Env. 0.50 7.8%
Padded Env. 0.40 5.9%
Small Box 0.35 5.2%
Medium Box 0.15 1.1%
Large Box 0.10 0.5%
Military Lg Box 0.60 3.6%
 
  DOMESTIC
Weight
Package Avg Change in Rate
Lbs. Dollars ($) Percent
1-3 0.42 4.6%
4-8 -0.25 -1.2%
9-10 0.55 3.9%
11-15 1.49 9.8%
16-20 1.81 9.4%
21-24 0.91 3.2%
25-70 0.00 0.0%

View the 2017 USPS Priority Mail Retail rate tables:

 

COMMERCIAL BASE PRICING (CBP):

  DOMESTIC
Flat Rate
Package Change in Rate
Type Dollars ($) Percent
Envelopes 0.20 3.5%
Legal Env. 0.50 8.7%
Padded Env. 0.40 6.6%
Small Box 0.35 5.7%
Medium Box 0.45 3.8%
Large Box 0.70 4.3%
Military Lg Box 1.20 8.4%
 
  DOMESTIC
Weight
Package Avg Change in Rate
Lbs. Dollars ($) Percent
1-2 0.27 4.2%
3-6 0.29 2.0%
7-10 1.00 6.8%
11-15 2.41 17.5%
16-20 3.44 22.2%
21-24 2.90 13.8%
25-70 1.60 2.6%

 

  DOMESTIC
Regional Rate
Package Avg Change in Rate
Type Dollars ($) Percent
Box A 0.18 2.8%
Box B 1.75 11.1%

 

View the 2017 USPS Priority Mail Commercial Base rate tables:

 

COMMERCIAL PLUS PRICING:

  DOMESTIC
Flat Rate
Package Change in Rate
Type Dollars ($) Percent
Envelopes 0.15 2.7%
Legal Env. 0.45 8.0%
Padded Env. 0.40 6.8%
Small Box 0.35 5.9%
Medium Box 0.45 3.9%
Large Box 0.70 4.4%
Military Lg Box 1.20 8.7%
 
  DOMESTIC
Weight
Package Avg Change in Rate
Lbs. Dollars ($) Percent
0.5-2 0.28 4.6%
3-6 0.28 1.9%
7-10 0.97 6.8%
11-15 2.33 17.5%
16-20 3.34 22.2%
21-24 2.81 13.8%
25-70 1.55 2.6%

View the 2017 USPS Priority Mail Commercial Plus rate tables:

 

Priority Mail Express changes

Details of service changes:

Domestic:

Rates for domestic Priority Mail Express Flat Rate envelopes will increase. Commercial rates are increasing by an average of 3.4%. Retail rates are increasing by an average of 4.8%.

Commercial weight-based rates are increasing an average of 1.2%. This includes both Commercial Base and Commercial Plus pricing.

Retail weight-based rates for Priority Mail Express are increasing an average of 2.7%.

International:

Priority Mail Express International rates are not changing. This applies to both Commercial and Retail rates.

Learn more about USPS Priority Mail Express.

 

Averages of rate changes:

RETAIL:

  DOMESTIC
Flat Rate
Package Change in Rate
Type Dollars ($) Percent
Envelopes 0.80 3.5%
Legal Env. 1.00 4.4%
Padded Env. 1.50 6.5%
 
  DOMESTIC
Weight
Package Avg Change in Rate
Lbs. Dollars ($) Percent
0.5-2 1.11 3.5%
3-10 3.08 5.3%
11-19 3.63 4.0%
20-70 4.34 2.0%

View the 2017 USPS Priority Mail Express Retail rate tables:

 

COMMERCIAL BASE PRICING (CBP):

  DOMESTIC
Flat Rate
Package Change in Rate
Type Dollars ($) Percent
Envelopes 0.52 2.5%
Legal Env. 0.62 3.0%
Padded Env. 0.98 4.7%
 
  DOMESTIC
Weight
Package Avg Change in Rate
Lbs. Dollars ($) Percent
0.5-2 0.71 2.5%
3-10 1.25 2.5%
11-19 0.82 1.0%
20-70 1.95 1.0%

View the 2017 USPS Priority Mail Express Commercial Base rate tables:

 

COMMERCIAL PLUS PRICING:

  DOMESTIC
Flat Rate
Package Change in Rate
Type Dollars ($) Percent
Envelopes 0.52 2.5%
Legal Env. 0.62 3.0%
Padded Env. 0.98 4.7%
 
  DOMESTIC
Weight
Package Avg Change in Rate
Lbs. Dollars ($) Percent
0.5-2 0.71 2.5%
3-10 1.25 2.5%
11-19 0.82 1.0%
20-70 1.95 1.0%

View the 2017 USPS Priority Mail Express Commercial Plus rate tables:

 

Parcel Select Ground changes

Details of service changes:

Domestic:

Commercial Base rates will continue to start at $5.95, but are increasing an average of 5.7%. Rates for some weights and zones will increase as much as 62%. Yet, in the case of specific zones, parcels weighing 2-6 lbs, 13 lbs, or 19-21 lbs will see rate decreases as much as 10%.

Retail rates, available on the service Retail Ground, will increase an average of 3.6%. Rates for some weights and zones will increase as much as 58%. In the case of specific zones, parcels weighing 1 lb or 4-8 lbs will see rate decreases as much as 11%.

Learn more about USPS Parcel Select Ground.

 

Averages of rate changes:

RETAIL:

  DOMESTIC
Package Avg Change in Rate
Lbs. Dollars ($) Percent
1-3 0.63 6.8%
4-6 0.25 1.1%
7-9 0.96 4.3%
10-14 1.86 9.9%
15-19 2.57 12.2%
20-24 1.66 5.2%
25-70 1.36 1.7%

View the 2017 USPS Retail Ground rate table
.

COMMERCIAL BASE PRICING (CBP):

  DOMESTIC
Package Avg Change in Rate
Lbs. Dollars ($) Percent
1-3 -0.08 0.4%
4-6 0.30 1.7%
7-9 0.92 6.4%
10-14 1.96 14.7%
15-19 3.00 21.2%
20-24 2.70 14.8%
25-70 1.54 2.6%

View the 2017 USPS Parcel Select Ground Commercial Base rate table
.
 

Media Mail changes

Details of service changes:

Domestic:

Media Mail retail rates will increase by 8 cents for most parcels, a 0.6% average increase.

Learn more about USPS Media Mail.

Averages of rate changes:

RETAIL:

  DOMESTIC
Package Avg Change in Rate
Lbs. Dollars ($) Percent
1-2 0.03 0.9%
3-4 0.05 1.2%
5-9 0.07 1.4%
10-14 0.08 1.0%
15-19 0.08 0.8%
20-49 0.08 0.5%
50-70 0.08 0.3%

View the 2017 USPS Media Mail Retail rate table.

USPS Special services changes

Details of service changes:

The cost for Signature Confirmation is increasing by 10 cents per parcel. The 2017 commercial rate is $2.45 per parcel. Learn more about Signature Confirmation.

The cost to require an Adult Signature is increasing by 20 cents per parcel. The 2017 rate is $5.90 per parcel. Learn more about Adult Signature.

Other USPS rate changes that impact services not offered via ShippingEasy

Services with rate increases:
  • First-Class Mail Letter domestic. Retail rate increasing 2 cents, to 49 cents per 1 oz.
  • Global Express Guaranteed increasing
  • Certified Mail
  • Return Receipt
Services with no rate changes:
  • Postcards
  • First-Class Letter International
  • Registered Mail
  • Restricted Delivery

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