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USPS announces rate and service changes on Jan 17th, 2016

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Shipping carriers routinely update their products, adding or removing features and services, as well as adjusting rates. These changes usually occur at the start of the year. For 2016, all major carriers are planning for rate and service changes.

The USPS is implementing their rate and service changes on January 17th, 2016. The changes will impact competitive mail classes and international services.

Overview of changes to rate classes:

Most significantly, USPS will be updating their commercial discounts, including both Commercial Base Pricing (CBP) and Commercial Plus Pricing (CPP).

Commercial Base Pricing:

Previously available from USPS.com via Click'N'Ship, Commercial Base Pricing (CBP) rates will no longer be available for postage purchased from Click'N'Ship. Only retail rates will be available on Click'N'Ship. Learn more about your alternative options.

Commercial Plus Pricing:

Commercial Plus Pricing (CPP) rates will be completely eliminated for some mail classes or brought to within 3% of Commercial Base Pricing (CBP) for others. However, the volume thresholds for the CPP discounted rates will remain the same, so any one currently receiving CPP rate will receive the new rates on services still eligible for CPP rates.

Services for which CPP will be eliminated or rates increased to match CBP:
  • First Class Package Service
  • Priority Mail Express
  • Priority Mail International
  • Priority Mail Express International
  • Global Express Guaranteed
Services for which CPP rates will increase within 3% of CBP:
  • Priority Mail
  • First Class Package International Service

 

Overview of changes to mail classes and products:

The following competitive mail classes and products which will be further impacted by the January 17th service changes - scan down this page or click through the links to find details:

NOTE: there will be no changes to Media Mail, Library Mail, or First Class mail letters, flats and parcels.

First Class Package Service changes

Details of service changes:

Commercial Base Pricing will be supported up to 15.9 oz; however, Commercial Plus Pricing for the mail class will be eliminated.

Shipments weighing between 1 and 8 ounces will be subject to a single rate. There will be a distinct rate for each ounce between 9 and 15 ounces, with a unique rate for shipments above 15 ounces and below 16 ounces.

Learn more about USPS First Class Package Service.

Averages of rate changes:

RETAIL:

  INTERNATIONAL
Package Avg Change in Rate
Ounces Dollars ($) Percent
1-4 4.31 54.7%
5-8 -0.08 -0.6%
9-24 3.59 22.2%
25-32 -2.19 -9.0%
33-48 2.91 10.9%
49-64 12.98 35.5%

View 2016 USPS First-Class Mail Package Service Retail rate tables:

* NOTE: First Class Package Service Domestic Retail rates will not change.

COMMERCIAL BASE PRICING (CBP):

  DOMESTIC
Package Avg Change in Rate
Ounces Dollars ($) Percent
1-3 0.56 27.5%
4-8 0.21 9.7%
9-13 0.14 4.9%
14-15.9 * -0.45 -11.1%
 
  INTERNATIONAL
Package Avg Change in Rate
Ounces Dollars ($) Percent
1-4 4.52 63.4%
5-8 0.57 5.0%
9-24 4.30 28.9%
25-32 -0.90 -4.0%
33-48 4.24 17.0%
49-64 14.19 43.0%

* The change in rate for parcels weighing 14-15.9 ounces is compared with previous CPP rates.

View 2016 USPS First-Class Mail Package Service Commercial Base rate tables:

 

COMMERCIAL PLUS PRICING (CPP):

Commercial Plus Pricing will no longer be available for First Class Package Service. Any shipper with previously negotiated rates will qualify for Commercial Base Pricing.

 

Priority Mail changes

Details of service changes:

The Regional Rate Box C service option will be eliminated from both domestic and international Regional Rate service offerings. Learn more about Priority Mail Regional Rate.

Additional included shipment insurance will be added to Priority Mail International shipments. Non-document shipments, excluding Small Flat Rate Box and Flat Rate Envelopes, may be insured for up to $200 for no additional charge. Documents will be insured up to $100 to cover the costs of reconstructing lost or damaged documents. Learn more about USPS included insurance.

Priority Mail International Flat Rate pricing structure will be subject to 8 Country Price Groups: 1-8. This is a reduction from the previous 17 price groups. These new Priority Mail International Flat Rate price groups may differ from Priority Mail Express International Flat Rate price groups.

Learn more about USPS Priority Mail.

Averages of rate changes:

RETAIL:


 
DOMESTIC* INTERNATIONAL
Canada
INTERNATIONAL
Groups 2-17
Package Avg Change in Rate Avg Change in Rate Avg Change in Rate
Flat Rate Dollars ($) Percent Dollars ($) Percent Dollars ($) Percent
Envelopes 0.65 11.0% 2.00 9.1% 5.59 21.1%
Boxes 0.84 7.7% 1.30 5.2% 4.79 11.7%
Pounds Dollars ($) Percent Dollars ($) Percent Dollars ($) Percent
1-5 0.87 8.9% 0.95 2.4% 1.67 3.3%
6-10 0.80 4.0% 1.14 2.1% 2.20 3.2%
11-20 1.25 4.0% 2.11 2.8% 3.03 3.2%
21+ 2.49 4.0% 7.09 4.5% 6.35 3.3%

* Averages exclude domestic Zone 9 rates. 

View 2016 USPS Priority Mail Retail rate tables:

 

COMMERCIAL BASE PRICING (CBP):


 
DOMESTIC* INTERNATIONAL
Canada
INTERNATIONAL
Groups 2-17
Package Avg Change in Rate Avg Change in Rate Avg Change in Rate
Flat Rate Dollars ($) Percent Dollars ($) Percent Dollars ($) Percent
Envelopes 0.53 10.1% 1.90 9.1% 5.24 20.7%
Boxes 0.65 7.4% 1.25 5.2% 4.51 11.6%
Pounds Dollars ($) Percent Dollars ($) Percent Dollars ($) Percent
1-5 0.62 8.2% 4.02 11.5% 5.63 12.8%
6-10 0.56 3.8% 5.04 10.7% 7.60 12.7%
11-20 0.81 3.6% 7.18 11.0% 10.39 12.7%
21+ 1.14 1.5% 16.35 12.4% 21.26 12.8%

* Averages exclude domestic Zone 9 rates.   

  REGIONAL RATE
Domestic
Package Avg Change in Rate
Box Type Dollars ($) Percent
A 0.71 10.1%
B 0.48 5.1%
C eliminated

View 2016 USPS Priority Mail Commercial Base rate tables:

 

COMMERCIAL PLUS PRICING (CPP): 


 
DOMESTIC* INTERNATIONAL
Canada
INTERNATIONAL
Groups 2-17
Package Avg Change in Rate Avg Change in Rate Avg Change in Rate
Flat Rate Dollars ($) Percent Dollars ($) Percent Dollars ($) Percent
Envelopes 0.60 11.9% 1.90 9.1% 5.24 20.7%
Boxes 0.94 9.4% 1.25 5.2% 4.51 11.6%
Pounds Dollars ($) Percent Dollars ($) Percent Dollars ($) Percent
1-5 1.02 15.9% 7.36 23.2% 9.69 24.2%
6-10 1.59 19.6% 9.79 22.8% 13.11 24.1%
11-20 3.14 18.6% 13.99 23.6% 17.90 24.1%
21+ 6.36 19.7% 30.65 25.7% 36.48 24.2%

* Averages exclude domestic Zone 9 rates. 

View our 2016 USPS Priority Mail Commercial Plus rate tables:

Priority Mail Express changes

Details of service changes:

The Priority Mail Express Flat Rate Box service options will be eliminated for both domestic and international shipments.

Priority Mail Express International Flat Rate Envelope pricing structure will be subject to 8 Country Price Groups: 1-8. This is a reduction from the previous 17 price groups. These new Priority Mail Express International Flat Rate price groups may differ from Priority Mail International Flat Rate price groups.

Learn more about USPS Priority Mail Express.

Averages of rate changes:

RETAIL:      

  DOMESTIC* INTERNATIONAL
Package Avg Change in Rate Avg Change in Rate
Flat Rate Dollars ($) Percent Dollars ($) Percent
Envelopes 2.96 14.8% 9.98 20.2%
Boxes eliminated eliminated
Pounds Dollars ($) Percent Dollars ($) Percent
1-5 0.60 3.2% 4.50 7.4%
6-10 no change 5.90 7.2%
11-20 no change 7.93 7.0%
21+ no change 15.85 6.9%

* Averages exclude domestic Zone 9 rates. 

View 2016 USPS Priority Mail Express Retail rate tables:

 

COMMERCIAL BASE PRICING (CBP):      

  DOMESTIC* INTERNATIONAL
Package Avg Change in Rate Avg Change in Rate
Flat Rate Dollars ($) Percent Dollars ($) Percent
Envelopes 2.55 14.1% 10.96 24.2%
Boxes eliminated eliminated
Pounds Dollars ($) Percent Dollars ($) Percent
1-5 4.54 19.0% 6.22 10.9%
6-10 12.44 36.3% 10.72 14.7%
11-20 18.85 39.9% 15.09 15.2%
21+ 47.46 45.3% 33.48 16.7%

* Averages exclude domestic Zone 9 rates. 

View 2016 USPS Priority Mail Express Commercial Base rate tables:

 

COMMERCIAL PLUS PRICING (CPP):      

  DOMESTIC* INTERNATIONAL
Package Avg Change in Rate Avg Change in Rate
Flat Rate Dollars ($) Percent Dollars ($) Percent
Envelopes 5.81 39.1% 10.96 24.2%
Boxes eliminated eliminated
Pounds Dollars ($) Percent Dollars ($) Percent
1-5 8.51 42.3% 12.32 24.4%
6-10 13.51 40.5% 21.37 34.3%
11-20 20.52 44.0% 30.07 35.6%
21+ 52.37 50.3% 61.19 35.4%

* Averages exclude domestic Zone 9 rates. 

View our 2016 USPS Priority Mail Express Commercial Plus rate tables:

 

Parcel Select changes

Details of service changes:

Parcel Select will be rebranded as Parcel Select Ground.

Learn more about USPS Parcel Select.

Averages of rate changes:

RETAIL:

  RETAIL GROUND
Package Avg Change in Rate*
Pounds Dollars ($) Percent
1-5 0.23 2.0%
6-10 1.19 6.1%
11-20 2.06 6.0%
21+ 0.11 1.5%

* Averages exclude domestic Zone 9 rates. 

View the 2016 USPS Retail Ground rate table

 

COMMERCIAL BASE PRICING (CBP): 

  PARCEL SELECT GROUND
Package Avg Change in Rate*
Pounds Dollars ($) Percent
1-5 0.19 0.8%
6-10 -0.46 -7.7%
11-20 -1.44 -12.9%
21+ -3.68 -8.4% 

* Averages exclude domestic Zone 9 rates. 

View the 2016 USPS Parcel Select Ground Commercial Base rate table

 

International Shipping and Customs Forms changes

USPS requirements for customs forms will result in label servers redesigning their customs forms layouts. Changes to customs forms layouts are subject to USPS approval. 

The changes to ShippingEasy's customs forms, generated by our label server, Endicia, will impact the following shipment types: 
  • Shipments using PS Form 2976 and PS Form 2976-A
  • Military Mail (APO, DPO, FPO, MPO), U.S. Territories, and Freely Associated States
  • Consolidator shipments, excluding DHL eCommerce
Key changes to customs forms include:
  • A new customs form, PS Form 2976-B, will be introduced for Priority Mail Express and Priority Mail Express International shipments.
  • Priority Mail shipments to Military Mail (APO, DPO, FPO, MPO) and U.S. Territories will use PS Form 2976, limiting declared value to $400.
  • Only 3 copies of the customs form will be required for PS Form 2976-A and PS Form 2976-B.
  • Some shipments will only require 1 copy of the customs form, regardless of the form type. These shipments include:
    • Military Mail (APO, DPO, FPO, MPO), U.S. Territories, and Freely Associated States
    • Select international destinations:
      • Australia
      • Canada
      • Costa Rica 
  • Changes to label format support:
    • 8.5" x 5.3" label format will no longer be supported by USPS. 
    • 4" x 6" labels will support more than 5 customs line items.

Electronic USPS Delivery Confirmation International service will be supported for additional countries. This service is still limited to First Class Package International Service and Priority Mail International Flat Rate Envelopes and Small Flat Rate boxes. Learn more about E-DelCon.

New E-DelCon support will be added for the following countries:
  • Lebanon
  • Norway
  • Slovak Republic
  • Turkey

Other USPS rate changes that impact services not offered via ShippingEasy

  • First Class:
    • First Class Package Service presort rates will be eliminated.
  • Parcel Select / Standard Post:
    • Standard Post (the retail equivalent of Parcel Select) will be rebranded as Retail Ground.
    • Parcel Select Presort rates will be eliminated.
    • Parcel Select Lightweight services will be consolidated under a single rate.
  • International Customs Forms changes will impact these additional services:
    • International Priority Airmail (IPA)
    • International Service Air Lift (ISAL)
    • ePacket
  • Global Express Guaranteed rates will changed. Learn more.

 


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