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USPS announces rate and service changes on Jan 27th, 2019

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Shipping carriers routinely update their products, services, and adjust rates. These changes usually occur at the beginning of the year. For 2019, all major carriers have planned rate and service changes.

The USPS is implementing their rate and service changes on January 27, 2019.

The United States Postal Service describes the changes in detail in Docket No. CP2019-3 and Docket No. R2019-1.

How to use this guide:

WHICH USPS SERVICES ARE IMPACTED:

In this guide, we'll help you navigate the changes to USPS services. There is a lot to cover, so we'll focus on the services supported by ShippingEasy.

The 2019 service changes impact the following mail classes and products - scroll down this page for details:

VARIATIONS ACROSS RATE TYPES:

ShippingEasy users access a mix of discounts through their subscription. Learn more.

For a complete picture of the changes, we provide analysis of discount and retail rates. Click through each link to learn more about the rate type:

NOTE: in 2018, Commercial Plus Pricing (CPP) and Commercial Base Pricing (CBP) were equal across USPS' services, excluding Priority Mail.

With the 2019 service changes, CBP and CPP will deliver the same postage prices for Priority Mail as well. Since this service featured two unique sets of commercial rates in 2018, we include "Rate Change Summary Tables" for both CBP and CPP. Learn more.

UNDERSTANDING RATE CHANGE SUMMARY TABLES:

Within each service section below you will find "Rate Change Summary Tables". These tables show how much postage costs will change for specific weights, zones, or package types.

  • Numbers show dollar-value of price change. Ex: '1.00' means a one dollar increase.
  • Numbers in parenthesis show price decrease. Ex: '(0.50)' means a 50 cent decrease.
  • A price range shows the minimum to maximum price change. Ex: '1.00-2.00' means a minimum one dollar to maximum two dollar increase.

To gauge how much shipments are affected, a color-code is overlaid to show the percent (%) change in the rate.

  • Green cells show that the price has decreased.
  • Blues cells show price increases, with darker values indicating greater increases.

% PRICE CHANGE KEY:

(-%) 0% 1% 2% 3% 4% 5% 6% 7% 8% 9% 10% +

 

First-Class Package Service

USPS First-Class Package Service offers timely and affordable service for light weight packages.

When using a shipping software, such as ShippingEasy, domestic shipments weighing 15.999 ounces or less will qualify. If shipped at a USPS Post Office, parcels may not exceed 13 ounces. International shipments may weigh up to 64 ounces.

Learn more about USPS First Class Package Service.

DOMESTIC SERVICE

First-Class Package Service will move to a zone-based pricing. Zones are a tool used to measure the distance that a shipment travels. Domestic shipments are indicated as Zone 1 through 9. With zone-based pricing, the farther a package travels, the higher the zone number. A higher zone means a larger postage price. Learn more about zones.

As before, First-Class Package Service will continue to use package weight to determine postage costs.

Across all weights and zones, First-Class Package Service will see a rate increase:

  • Commercial rates will increase an average of 11.9%.
  • Retail rates will increase an average of 13.3%.

First-Class Package Service will continue to offer the lowest prices for light weight shipments. Keep in mind, you'll sacrifice speed and insurance protection. When these services matter, it may be worth comparing services for the best value. In particular, Priority Mail's Flat Rate packaging provides good value: faster service cross-country, low rates, and insurance protection.

RATE CHANGE SUMMARY TABLES

COMMERCIAL | First-Class Package Service (domestic)

FIRST-CLASS PACKAGE SERVICE | Commercial Price Increase ($)
Weight
(oz)
Dollar Increase by Zone
Local - 4 5 - 8 9
1 - 4 0.05-0.09 0.15-0.48 0.48-0.48
5 - 8 0.41-0.45 0.51-0.86 0.86-0.86
9 - 12 0.08-0.56 0.22-1.01 0.59-1.01
13 - 15.999 0.64-1.14 0.82-1.65 1.23-1.65

What does this table mean?

View 2019 USPS First-Class Mail Package Service (Commercial) domestic rate tables.

RETAIL | First Class Package Service (domestic)

FIRST-CLASS PACKAGE SERVICE | Retail Price Increase ($)
Weight
(oz)
Dollar Increase by Zone
Local - 4 5 - 8 9
1 - 4 0.16-0.24 0.28-0.56 0.56-0.56
5 - 8 0.64-0.74 0.78-1.06 1.06-1.06
9 - 12 0.04-1.20 0.20-1.56 0.51-1.56
13 0.21-0.35 0.43-0.77 0.77

What does this table mean?

View 2019 USPS First-Class Mail Package Service (Retail) domestic rate tables.

INTERNATIONAL SERVICE

As of January 2019, USPS will continue to offer First-Class Package International Service for parcels weighing less than or equal to 64 ounces. Rates are based on package weight and Country Price Group. Learn more about Country Price Groups.

Overall First-Class Package International Service rates will increase an average of 3.9%. That said, rate changes are impacting only some country groups and package weights.

Across all weights, postage costs will increase for shipments to these regions:

  • Canada
  • Western Europe
  • South East Asia
  • India
  • Central America
  • South America
  • Caribbean

First-Class Package International Service rates will not change at all for some destinations:

  • Mexico
  • Australia
  • East Asia

For a few destinations, rates will increase for only some package weights. For instance, postage costs will remain the same for shipments:

  • Less than 32 ounces to Africa and the Middle East
  • Over 32 ounces to Russia and Eastern Europe

 

RATE CHANGE SUMMARY TABLES

COMMERCIAL | First-Class Package International Service

FIRST-CLASS PACKAGE INTERNATIONAL SERVICE | Commercial Price Increase ($)
Weight
(oz)
Dollar Increase by Country Price Group
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Canada Mexico Australia
E. Asia
Russia
E. Europe
W. Europe S.E. Asia
India
Africa N. Africa
Mid. East
C. Amer.
S. Amer.
Caribbean
1 - 8 0.48 0.00 0.00 0.48 0.24 0.72 0.00 0.00 0.48
9 - 16 1.19 0.00 0.00 0.95 0.47 1.19 0.00 0.00 0.95
17 - 32 1.19 0.00 0.00 0.95 0.47 1.19 0.00 0.00 0.95
33 - 48 0.95 0.00 0.00 0.00 1.67 4.03 2.14 2.37 3.57
49 - 64 1.66 0.00 0.00 0.00 9.02 7.12 0.00 2.14 10.45

What does this table mean?

View 2019 USPS First-Class Mail Package International Service (Commercial) rate tables.

RETAIL | First Class Package International Service

FIRST-CLASS PACKAGE INTERNATIONAL SERVICE | Retail Price Increase ($)
Weight
(oz)
Dollar Increase by Country Price Group
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Canada Mexico Australia
E. Asia
Russia
E. Europe
W. Europe S.E. Asia
India
Africa N. Africa
Mid. East
C. Amer.
S. Amer.
Caribbean
1 - 8 0.50 0.00 0.00 0.50 0.25 0.75 0.00 0.00 0.50
9 - 16 1.25 0.00 0.00 1.00 0.50 1.25 0.00 0.00 1.00
17 - 32 1.25 0.00 0.00 1.00 0.50 1.25 0.00 0.00 1.00
33 - 48 1.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1.75 4.25 2.25 2.50 3.75
49 - 64 1.75 0.00 0.00 0.00 9.50 7.50 0.00 2.25 11.00

What does this table mean?

View 2019 USPS First-Class Mail Package International Service (Retail) domestic rate tables.

 

Priority Mail

USPS Priority Mail is a quick, affordable service that strikes the best balance between price and speed.

It's the most versatile service that USPS provides, with a wide selection of Flat Rate and Regional Rate packaging. Custom packaging also has advantages, especially if paired with dimensional rate discounts like ShippingEasy's Flat Rate Green.

Learn more about USPS Priority Mail.

DOMESTIC SERVICE

In 2018, Priority Mail postage pricing was divided into three tiers: Commercial Plus Pricing (CPP), Commercial Base Pricing (CBP), and Retail pricing. It was alone within USPS' services as having unique rates for CBP and CPP, as USPS has updated their rate structure in recent years to favor a single set of commercial pricing. As of the 2019 service changes, the cost difference between Commercial Base Pricing and Commercial Plus Pricing has been eliminated. These two rate classes will deliver the same postage prices for Priority Mail shipments.

Priority Mail rates will see an increase across most rate classes:

  • Commercial Plus rates will increase an average of 2.2%.
  • Regional Rate parcels will increase an average of 3.7%.
  • Commercial Base rates will decrease an average of 0.8%.
  • Retail rates will increase an average of 6.6%.

Notably, Padded Flat Rate Envelopes have been impacted significantly, increasing an average of 8.7% across all rate classes.

Priority Mail will continue to offer one of the best values of all USPS services. Though shippers may find it valuable to compare it with other services. When package weight is less than 16 ounces, First-Class Package Service provides a viable alternative. For sturdy parcels under 5 lbs, and when delivery speed isn't critical, you may consider Parcel Select Ground as well. Yet in both cases you'll sacrifice insurance protection against damage.

RATE CHANGE SUMMARY TABLES

COMMERCIAL PLUS | Priority Mail (domestic)

PRIORITY MAIL | FLAT RATE | Commercial Plus Price Increase ($)
Dollar Increase by Package Type
Flat Rate Envelopes 0.60
Legal Flat Rate Envelope 0.60
Padded Flat Rate Envelope 0.65
Small Flat Rate Box 0.65
Medium Flat Rate Boxes 0.35
Large Flat Rate Boxes 0.50
APO/FPO/DPO Large Flat Rate Box 0.50

 

PRIORITY MAIL | WEIGHT-RATE | Commercial Plus Price Increase ($)
Weight
(lbs)
Dollar Increase by Zone
Local - 4 5 - 8 9
1 0.49-0.60 0.67-0.72 0.19
2 0.53-0.70 0.25-0.59 0.30
3 0.12-0.63 0.00-0.40 0.40
4 0.38-0.62 0.00 0.48
5 0.03-0.62 0.00 0.56
6 - 10 (0.28)-0.62 0.00-0.71 0.65-0.99
11 - 15 0.21-0.36 0.42-0.92 1.08-1.29
16 - 20 0.26-0.43 0.55-1.18 1.36-1.65
21 - 70 0.31-1.03 0.64-2.50 1.69-3.61

What does this table mean?

View 2019 USPS Priority Mail (Commercial Plus) domestic rate tables.

REGIONAL RATE | Priority Mail (domestic)

PRIORITY MAIL | REGIONAL RATE | Commercial Price Increase ($)
Regional
Rate Box
Dollar Increase by Zone
Local - 4 5 - 8 9
A 0.55-0.72 0.26-0.61 0.31
B 0.03-0.64 0.00 0.58

What does this table mean?

View 2019 USPS Priority Mail Regional Rate rate tables.

COMMERCIAL BASE | Priority Mail (domestic)

PRIORITY MAIL | FLAT RATE | Commercial Base Price Increase ($)
Dollar Increase by Package Type
Flat Rate Envelopes 0.40
Legal Flat Rate Envelope 0.40
Padded Flat Rate Envelope 0.45
Small Flat Rate Box 0.45
Medium Flat Rate Boxes (0.05)
Large Flat Rate Boxes (0.05)
APO/FPO/DPO Large Flat Rate Box (0.05)

 

PRIORITY MAIL | WEIGHT-RATE | Commercial Base Price Increase ($)
Weight
(lbs)
Dollar Increase by Zone
Local - 4 5 - 8 9
1 0.28-0.40 0.45-0.49 (0.11)
2 0.32-0.48 (0.06)-0.35 (0.16)
3 (0.13)-0.41 (0.36)-0.00 (0.22)
4 0.12-0.40 (0.54)-(0.31) (0.27)
5 (0.25)-0.40 (0.63)-(0.32) (0.31)
6 - 10 (0.58)-0.39 (0.60)-(0.17) (0.54)-(0.35)
11 - 15 (0.20)-(0.11) (0.51)-(0.23) (0.71)-(0.59)
16 - 20 (0.24)-(0.15) (0.64)-(0.30) (0.90)-(0.75)
21 - 70 (0.56)-(0.17) (1.37)-(0.35) (1.98)-(0.92)

What does this table mean?

View 2019 USPS Priority Mail (Commercial Base) domestic rate tables.

RETAIL | Priority Mail (domestic)

PRIORITY MAIL | FLAT RATE | Retail Price Increase ($)
Dollar Increase by Package Type
Flat Rate Envelopes 0.65
Legal Flat Rate Envelope 0.65
Padded Flat Rate Envelope 0.75
Small Flat Rate Box 0.70
Medium Flat Rate Boxes 0.70
Large Flat Rate Boxes 1.05
APO/FPO/DPO Large Flat Rate Box 1.05

 

PRIORITY MAIL | WEIGHT-RATE | Retail Price Increase ($)
Weight
(lbs)
Dollar Increase by Zone
Local - 4 5 - 8 9
1 0.55-0.65 0.55-0.85 1.60
2 0.60-0.70 0.55 – 1.30 2.55
3 0.35-0.45 (0.75)-1.75 3.40
4 (0.05)-0.25 (0.10)-2.00 3.90
5 (0.35)-(0.05) (0.45)-2.30 4.55
6 - 10 (0.20)-0.65 (0.15)-3.85 5.10-7.80
11 - 15 0.45-0.90 1.00-5.10 8.65-10.40
16 - 20 0.60-1.10 1.30-6.35 10.95-13.30
21 - 70 0.75-2.25 1.55-13.90 13.70-30.00

What does this table mean?

View 2019 USPS Priority Mail (Retail) domestic rate tables.

INTERNATIONAL SERVICE

Unlike it's domestic counterpart, Priority Mail International rate classes haven't changed in 2019. USPS continues to refer to Commercial Base Pricing (CBP) and Commercial Plus Pricing (CPP) separately, while these rates were made equal back in January 2016. In addition, rates are still determined by package weight and Country Price Group. Learn more about Country Price Groups.

Priority Mail International rates will increase across all package types, weights, and country price groups:

  • Commercial rates will increase an average of 3.7%.
  • Retail rates will increase an average of 3.7%.

RATE CHANGE SUMMARY TABLES

COMMERCIAL | Priority Mail International

PRIORITY MAIL INTERNATIONAL | FLAT RATE | Commercial Price Increase ($)
Package
Type
Dollar Increase by Country Price Group
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Canada Mexico
C. Amer.
S. Amer.
E. Asia W. Europe India Australia
N. Zealand
N. Africa
Mid. East
Russia
E. Europe
Africa
Mid. East
S. Amer.
Flat Rate
Envelopes
0.85 1.15 1.25 1.30 1.30 1.35 1.30 1.35
Small
Flat Rate
Boxes
0.85 1.25 1.30 1.35 1.30 1.35 1.30 1.35
Medium
Flat Rate
Boxes
1.75 2.70 2.80 2.60 2.85 3.10 2.85 2.90
Large
Flat Rate
Boxes
2.05 3.60 3.65 3.60 3.65 3.90 3.65 3.85

 

PRIORITY MAIL INTERNATIONAL | WEIGHT-RATE | Commercial Price Increase ($)
Weight
(lbs)
Dollar Increase by Country Price Group
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Canada Mexico Hong Kong
S. Korea
Russia
E. Europe
W.
Europe
S.E. Asia
India
Africa Mid. East
1 1.24-1.47 1.47 1.71 1.71 1.71 1.71 2.00 1.71
2 1.33-1.57 1.56 1.95 1.90 1.95 1.95 2.24 1.80
3 1.42-1.71 1.67 2.14 2.14 2.13 2.14 2.47 1.90
4 1.52-1.90 1.76 2.33 2.32 2.33 2.33 2.71 2.00
5 1.62-2.05 1.85 2.51 2.52 2.52 2.51 2.99 2.13
6 - 10 1.71-2.90 1.94-2.37 2.61-2.99 2.71-3.52 2.51-2.52 2.51-2.52 3.23-4.23 2.24-2.62
11 - 15 2.23-3.46 2.47-2.85 3.09-3.52 3.70-4.51 2.61-2.99 2.71-3.52 4.37-4.94 2.80-3.61
16 - 20 2.71-4.37 2.95-3.37 3.61-3.99 4.70-5.46 3.09-3.52 3.70-4.46 5.08-5.65 3.80-4.61
21 - 70 2.94-8.45 3.47-8.31 4.08-8.88 5.70-15.39 3.61-8.41 4.70-14.49 5.79-12.97 4.80-14.59

 

PRIORITY MAIL INTERNATIONAL | WEIGHT-RATE | Commercial Price Increase ($)
  Dollar Increase by Country Price Group
Weight
(lbs)
9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17
C. Amer.
S. Amer.
Caribbean
Australia
N. Zealand
G. Britain
N. Ireland
Japan France China Brazil Germany Netherlands
1 1.43 1.99 1.99 1.71 1.28 1.47 1.43 1.52 1.05
2 1.61 2.09 2.19 1.90 1.57 1.66 1.57 1.71 1.33
3 1.80 2.19 2.38 2.13 1.90 1.85 1.71 1.95 1.61
4 2.04 2.28 2.56 2.33 2.18 2.05 1.85 2.14 1.90
5 2.24 2.37 2.75 2.52 2.47 2.28 2.00 2.32 2.23
6 - 10 2.42-3.23 2.56-3.37 2.75-2.76 2.61-2.99 2.71-3.52 2.47-3.28 2.18-2.75 2.52-3.32 2.33-2.71
11 - 15 3.33-3.71 3.56-4.32 2.85-3.23 3.13-3.51 3.46-3.47 3.46-4.27 2.94-3.75 3.32-3.33 2.80-3.23
16 - 20 3.80-4.18 4.56-5.32 3.33-3.76 3.61-3.99 3.46-3.47 4.37-4.75 3.95-4.75 3.28-3.33 3.32-3.70
21 - 70 4.27-9.07 5.51-14.44 3.84-10.92 4.09-8.50 3.37-3.42 4.85-9.27 4.94-13.92 3.23-3.28 3.80-8.27

What does this table mean?

View 2019 USPS Priority Mail International (Commercial Plus) rate tables.

RETAIL | Priority Mail International

PRIORITY MAIL INTERNATIONAL | FLAT RATE | Retail Price Increase ($)
Package
Type
Dollar Increase by Country Price Group
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Canada Mexico
C. Amer.
S. Amer.
E. Asia W. Europe India Australia
N. Zealand
N. Africa
Middle East
Russia
E. Europe
Africa
Mid. East
S. Amer.
Flat Rate
Envelopes
0.90 1.20 1.35 1.40 1.40 1.45 1.40 1.40
Small
Flat Rate
Boxes
0.90 1.35 1.40 1.45 1.40 1.45 1.40 1.45
Medium
Flat Rate
Boxes
1.85 2.80 2.95 2.75 3.00 3.25 3.00 3.05
Large
Flat Rate
Boxes
2.15 3.75 3.80 3.75 3.85 4.10 3.85 4.05

 

PRIORITY MAIL INTERNATIONAL | WEIGHT-RATE | Retail Price Increase ($)
Weight
(lbs)
Dollar Increase by Country Price Group
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Canada Mexico Hong Kong
S. Korea
Russia
E. Europe
W.
Europe
S.E. Asia
India
Africa Mid. East
1 1.30-1.55 1.55 1.80 1.80 1.80 1.80 2.10 1.80
2 1.40-1.65 1.65 2.05 2.00 2.05 2.05 2.35 1.90
3 1.50-1.80 1.75 2.25 2.25 2.25 2.25 2.60 2.00
4 1.60-2.00 1.85 2.45 2.45 2.45 2.45 2.85 2.10
5 1.70-2.15 1.95 2.65 2.65 2.65 2.65 3.15 2.25
6 - 10 1.80-3.05 2.05-2.50 2.75-3.15 2.85-3.70 2.65 2.65 3.40-4.45 2.35-2.75
11 - 15 2.35-3.65 2.60-3.00 3.25-3.70 3.90-4.75 2.75-3.15 2.85-3.70 4.60-5.20 2.95-3.80
16 - 20 2.85-4.60 3.10-3.55 3.80-4.20 4.95-5.75 3.25-3.70 3.90-4.70 5.35-5.95 4.00-4.85
21 - 70 3.10-8.90 3.65-8.75 4.30-9.35 6.00-16.20 3.80-8.85 4.95-15.25 6.10-13.65 5.05-15.35

 

PRIORITY MAIL INTERNATIONAL | WEIGHT-RATE | Retail Price Increase ($)
  Dollar Increase by Country Price Group
Weight
(lbs)
9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17
C. Amer.
S. Amer.
Caribbean
Australia
N. Zealand
G. Britain
N. Ireland
Japan France China Brazil Germany Netherlands
1 1.50 2.10 2.10 1.80 1.35 1.55 1.50 1.60 1.10
2 1.70 2.20 2.30 2.00 1.65 1.75 1.65 1.80 1.40
3 1.90 2.30 2.50 2.25 2.00 1.95 1.80 2.05 1.70
4 2.15 2.40 2.70 2.45 2.30 2.15 1.95 2.25 2.00
5 2.35 2.50 2.90 2.65 2.60 2.40 2.10 2.45 2.35
6 - 10 2.55-3.40 2.70-3.55 2.90 2.75-3.15 2.85-3.70 2.60-3.45 2.30-2.90 2.65-3.50 2.45-2.85
11 - 15 3.50-3.90 3.75-4.55 3.00-3.40 3.30-3.70 3.65 3.65-4.50 3.10-3.95 3.50 2.95-3.40
16 - 20 4.00-4.40 4.80-5.60 3.50-3.95 3.80-4.20 3.65 4.60-5.00 4.15-5.00 3.45-3.50 3.50-3.90
21 - 70 4.50-9.55 5.80-15.20 4.05-11.50 4.30-8.95 3.55-3.60 5.10-9.75 5.20-14.65 3.40-3.45 4.00-8.70

What does this table mean?

View 2019 USPS Priority Mail International (Retail) rate tables.

 

Priority Mail Express

USPS Priority Mail Express is fast and comes with a money-back, on-time delivery guarantee.

It's the quickest, most reliable service, with overnight delivery to most US locations. Even international shipments are guaranteed in 5 or fewer days.

Learn more about USPS Priority Mail Express.

DOMESTIC SERVICE

Priority Mail Express will continue to provide a mix of Flat Rate Envelopes and custom package services. Weight-based rates will also maintain a zone-based pricing structure. Learn more about zones.

Priority Mail Express rates will increase across all package types, weights, and zones:

  • Commercial rates will increase an average of 4.6% across Zones 1-8. Zone 9 postage will rise about 15%.
  • Retail rates will increase an average of 6.6% across Zones 1-8. Zone 9 postage will rise about 19%.

When it has to get there on time, it's hard to beat Priority Mail Express. Though if the delivery date is flexible, shippers may save on costs by comparing services. For instance, Priority Mail has a solid record of 1- to 3-day delivery for most domestic locations.

RATE CHANGE SUMMARY TABLES

COMMERCIAL | Priority Mail Express (domestic)

PRIORITY MAIL EXPRESS | FLAT RATE | Commercial Price Increase ($)
Dollar Increase by Package Type
Flat Rate Envelope 0.70
Legal Flat Rate Envelope 0.71
Padded Flat Rate Envelope 0.72

 

PRIORITY MAIL EXPRESS | WEIGHT-RATE | Commercial Price Increase ($)
Weight
(lbs)
Dollar Increase by Zone
Local - 4 5 - 8 9
0.5 0.70 – 0.80 0.90-1.21 5.23
1 0.76-1.03 1.18-1.48 6.24
2 0.80-1.18 1.36 – 1.71 6.95
3 0.85 – 1.40 1.65-2.05 8.08
4 0.89-1.57 1.95-2.41 9.23
5 0.93 – 1.67 2.09-2.67 10.25
6 - 10 1.12-2.71 2.47 – 4.10 11.46 – 15.30
11 - 15 1.52-3.58 3.43-5.06 15.80-18.92
16 - 20 1.91 – 4.35 4.25-6.02 19.55-22.47
21 - 70 2.29-13.18 5.09-17.97 23.31-67.06

What does this table mean?

View 2019 USPS Priority Mail Express (Commercial Plus) domestic rate tables.

RETAIL | Priority Mail Express (domestic)

PRIORITY MAIL EXPRESS | FLAT RATE | Retail Price Increase ($)
Dollar Increase by Package Type
Flat Rate Envelope 0.80
Legal Flat Rate Envelope 0.80
Padded Flat Rate Envelope 0.80

 

PRIORITY MAIL EXPRESS | WEIGHT-RATE | Retail Price Increase ($)
Weight
(lbs)
Dollar Increase by Zone
Local - 4 5 - 8 9
0.5 0.80-0.90 1.35-1.65 6.75
1 0.90-1.25 1.85-2.05 8.10
2 1.00-1.45 2.10-2.40 9.10
3 1.10-1.75 2.65-3.00 10.95
4 1.15-2.00 3.15-3.60 12.55
5 1.25-2.15 3.40-3.95 13.95
6 - 10 1.40-3.30 3.85-5.85 15.40-20.55
11 - 15 2.10-4.75 5.60-7.60 21.55-25.80
16 - 20 2.60-5.65 6.90-8.80 26.65-30.05
21 - 70 3.65-20.45 9.35-30.45 33.10-95.25

What does this table mean?

View 2019 USPS Priority Mail Express (Retail) domestic rate tables.

INTERNATIONAL SERVICE

Priority Mail Express International will continue to offer the choice of a Flat Rate Envelope or weight-based services. The rate for any package is based on the destination Country Price Group. Learn more about Country Price Groups.

Overall Priority Mail Express International rates will increase an average of 3.9%. With minor exceptions, rates are increasing across all weights and destinations.

In these specific cases, rates will not change at all for:

  • Commercially priced Flat Rate Envelopes to Mexico, Central America, and South America.
  • Packages less than 8 ounces to Mexico, for both Commercial and Retail pricing.

 

RATE CHANGE SUMMARY TABLES

COMMERCIAL | Priority Mail Express International

PRIORITY MAIL EXPRESS INTERNATIONAL | FLAT RATE | Commercial Price Increase ($)
Package
Type
Dollar Increase by Country Price Group
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Canada Mexico
C. Amer.
S. Amer.
E. Asia W. Europe India Australia
N. Zealand
N. Africa
Mid. East
Russia
E. Europe
Africa
Mid. East
S. Amer.
Flat Rate
Envelopes
1.45 0.00 1.20 0.60 1.80 1.90 2.10 1.25

 

PRIORITY MAIL EXPRESS INTERNATIONAL | WEIGHT-RATE | Commercial Price Increase ($)
Weight
(lbs)
Dollar Increase by Country Price Group
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Canada Mexico Hong Kong
S. Korea
Russia
E. Europe
W. Europe S.E. Asia
India
Africa Mid. East
0.5 1.62 0 2.16 2.51 2.30 2.36 2.50 2.48
1 1.77 2.08 2.33 2.56 2.37 2.51 2.74 2.71
2 1.95 2.23 2.54 2.76 2.52 2.69 3.00 2.93
3 2.14 2.38 2.75 2.96 2.68 2.88 3.27 3.15
4 2.33 2.53 2.96 3.17 2.83 3.06 3.54 3.38
5 2.52 2.68 3.17 3.37 2.98 3.25 3.81 3.60
6 - 10 2.71-3.46 2.86-3.29 3.32-3.94 3.57-4.39 3.14-3.75 3.44-4.19 4.07-5.14 3.82-4.69
11 - 15 3.18-3.82 3.40-3.84 4.08-4.62 4.59-5.39 3.91-4.52 4.38-5.14 5.54-6.63 4.36-5.14
16 - 20 3.97-4.61 3.94-4.36 4.76-5.31 5.60-6.40 4.68-5.29 5.32-6.08 6.91-8.00 5.33-6.11
21 - 70 4.76-10.91 4.46-8.15 5.72-13.67 6.60-12.44 5.45-12.99 6.27-15.15 8.28-21.69 6.30-11.85

 

PRIORITY MAIL EXPRESS INTERNATIONAL | WEIGHT-RATE | Commercial Price Increase ($)
Weight
(lbs)
Dollar Increase by Country Price Group
9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17
C. Amer.
S. Amer.
Caribbean
Australia
N. Zealand
G. Britain
N. Ireland
Japan France China Brazil Germany Netherlands
0.5 2.29 2.49 2.39 2.35 2.39 2.07 2.65 0.90 2.45
1 2.48 2.60 2.46 2.62 2.47 2.42 2.87 2.58 2.53
2 2.68 2.83 2.63 2.83 2.59 2.66 3.05 2.70 2.64
3 2.87 3.07 2.79 3.03 2.72 2.89 3.24 2.82 2.75
4 3.06 3.31 2.96 3.23 2.84 3.13 3.42 2.94 2.86
5 3.26 3.55 3.13 3.44 2.96 3.36 3.61 3.06 2.97
6 - 10 3.44-4.17 3.79-4.77 3.25-3.76 3.63-4.39 3.09-3.60 3.15-3.98 3.80-4.56 3.18-3.65 3.01-3.44
11 - 15 4.25-4.98 5.02-6.02 3.89-4.40 4.56-5.20 3.73-4.24 4.20-5.08 4.75-5.51 3.79-4.36 3.57-4.09
16 - 20 5.16-5.89 6.27-7.26 4.53-5.04 5.36-6.01 4.36-4.87 5.30-6.19 5.70-6.46 4.50-5.07 4.23-4.75
21 - 70 6.07-13.18 7.70-18.24 5.03-9.53 6.17-11.76 5.00-9.39 6.39-15.29 6.65-11.83 5.21-10.20 4.88-9.43

What does this table mean?

View 2019 USPS Priority Mail Express International (Commercial Plus) rate tables.

RETAIL | Priority Mail Express International

PRIORITY MAIL EXPRESS INTERNATIONAL | FLAT RATE | Retail Price Increase ($)
Package
Type
Dollar Increase by Country Price Group
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Canada Mexico
C. Amer.
S. Amer.
E. Asia W. Europe India Australia
N. Zealand
N. Africa
Mid. East
Russia
E. Europe
Africa
Mid. East
S. Amer.
Flat Rate
Envelopes
1.50 2.10 1.90 2.30 2.55 1.00 2.00 2.90

 

PRIORITY MAIL EXPRESS INTERNATIONAL | WEIGHT-RATE | Retail Price Increase ($)
Weight
(lbs)
Dollar Increase by Country Price Group
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Canada Mexico Hong Kong
S. Korea
Russia
E. Europe
W.
Europe
S.E. Asia
India
Africa Mid. East
0.5 1.50 0.00 2.00 2.45 2.40 2.50 1.70 2.90
1 1.65 1.95 2.15 2.50 2.50 2.45 1.95 2.55
2 1.80 2.10 2.35 2.70 2.65 2.65 2.15 2.75
3 1.95 2.25 2.55 2.90 2.80 2.80 2.30 2.95
4 2.15 2.40 2.70 3.10 3.00 3.00 2.50 3.15
5 2.30 2.55 2.90 3.30 3.15 3.15 2.70 3.35
6 - 10 2.50-3.20 2.80-3.20 3.05-3.65 3.95-4.85 3.30-3.95 3.45-4.20 3.00-3.80 3.55-4.40
11 - 15 3.45-4.15 3.40-3.85 3.75-4.25 5.05-5.95 4.00-4.65 4.60-5.40 4.10-4.90 4.60-5.40
16 - 20 4.30-5.00 3.95-4.35 4.40-4.90 6.20-7.05 4.80-5.45 5.60-6.40 5.10-5.95 5.60-6.45
21 - 70 4.85-9.85 4.45-12.60 5.15-11.85 7.30-16.90 5.60-13.35 6.60-16.75 6.35-17.15 5.80-14.55

 

PRIORITY MAIL EXPRESS INTERNATIONAL | WEIGHT-RATE | Retail Price Increase ($)
Weight
(lbs)
Dollar Increase by Country Price Group
9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17
C. Amer.
S. Amer.
Caribbean
Australia
N. Zealand
G. Britain
N. Ireland
Japan France China Brazil Germany Netherlands
0.5 2.50 2.55 1.90 0.60 1.90 2.45 3.15 1.90 1.90
1 2.45 2.65 2.65 2.75 2.60 2.85 3.35 2.90 2.70
2 2.60 2.90 2.85 2.95 2.75 3.15 3.55 3.05 2.85
3 2.80 3.15 3.00 3.20 2.85 3.40 3.80 3.20 2.95
4 3.00 3.40 3.20 3.40 3.00 3.70 4.00 3.30 3.10
5 3.20 3.65 3.35 3.60 3.10 4.00 4.20 3.45 3.20
6 - 10 3.35-4.10 4.00-5.00 3.60-4.15 3.80-4.65 3.25-3.80 4.25-5.40 4.45-5.35 3.60-4.10 3.30-3.80
11 - 15 4.25-5.00 5.30-6.35 4.40-5.00 4.55-5.20 3.90-4.45 3.80-4.60 5.55-6.45 4.30-4.90 3.95-4.55
16 - 20 5.15-5.90 6.60-7.65 5.10-5.70 5.35-6.00 4.60-5.15 4.80-5.60 6.65-7.55 5.10-5.70 4.65-5.25
21 - 70 6.25-16.15 8.10-22.15 6.00-13.20 5.85-10.95 5.25-11.30 5.75-13.80 7.80-17.80 4.70-9.60 4.75-9.65

What does this table mean?

View 2019 USPS Priority Mail Express International (Retail) rate tables.

 

Parcel Select Ground & Retail Ground

USPS Parcel Select Ground, available as Retail Ground at the Post Office counter, is relatively inexpensive yet slow. It's particularly well suited for shipping items that are prohibited from air transport. Although, it's also suitable for some weights and zones when cost is favored over speed.

Learn more about USPS Parcel Select Ground.

Postage costs will continue to be based on package weight and zone. Learn more about zones.

Parcel Select Ground rates will decrease an average of 1.3%, benefiting most weights and zones. With notable exceptions, rates will increase for:

  • 1 lb shipments.
  • Zone 1-4 shipments, weighing less than 4 lb.

Retail Ground rates will increase an average of 3.9%. Consumers of USPS Retail Ground can cut costs by adopting an online shipping solution, such as ShippingEasy.

Parcel Select Ground carries a price advantage for shipments less than 5 lbs or traveling short distances. Though this service doesn't include insurance. So if shipments are heavy or if timely delivery is important, it's worth comparing value with Priority Mail.

RATE CHANGE SUMMARY TABLES

COMMERCIAL | Parcel Select Ground

PARCEL SELECT GROUND | Commercial Price Increase ($)
Weight
(lbs)
Dollar Increase by Zone
Local - 4 5 - 8 9
1 0.18-0.30 0.2-0.31 0.20
2 0.22-0.38 (0.30)-0.20 (0.23)
3 (0.23)-0.31 (0.60)-(0.20) (0.40)
4 0.02-0.30 (0.88)-(0.51) (0.88)
5 (0.35)-0.30 (0.97)-(0.52) (0.97)
6 - 10 (0.68)-0.29 (0.79)-(0.27) (0.73)-(0.60)
11 - 15 (0.30)-(0.21) (0.85)-(0.42) (0.85)-(0.76)
16 - 20 (0.34)-(0.25) (0.93)-0.19 (0.93)-0.19
21 - 70 (0.66)-(0.27) (1.71)-(0.39) (1.71)-(0.39)

What does this table mean?

View 2019 USPS Parcel Select Ground (Commercial Base) rate table.

RETAIL | Ground

RETAIL GROUND | Price Increase ($)
Weight
(lbs)
Dollar Increase by Zone
Local - 4 5 - 8 9
1 0.55-0.65 0.53-0.78 0.68
2 0.60-0.70 0.26-0.84 0.26
3 0.35-0.45 (0.52)-0.50 (0.52)
4 (0.05)-0.25 0.10-0.33 0.10
5 (0.35)-(0.05) 0.06-0.31 0.31
6 - 10 (0.20)-0.65 0.49-1.59 1.12-1.59
11 - 15 0.45-0.90 1.05-2.07 1.75-2.07
16 - 20 0.60-1.10 1.42-2.61 2.19-2.61
21 - 70 0.75-2.25 1.16-5.66 2.64-5.66

What does this table mean?

View 2019 USPS Retail Ground (Retail) rate table.

 

First-Class Mail Flats

USPS First-Class Mail service for Large Envelopes / Flats is a very low-cost method to send envelopes.

Delivery can often be expected within 1- to 3-days. Parcels must meet the definition of a "Large Envelope" or "Flat" as well. Learn more about USPS First-Class Mail Large Envelope / Flats.

There is only one rate type - Retail pricing - whether postage is purchased through the Post Office or an online shipping solution

DOMESTIC SERVICE

Postage costs for First-Class Mail Large Envelopes / Flats is determined by package weight.

The First-Class Mail postage price for 1 ounce Flats will not change.

For envelopes weighing between 2 and 13 ounces, rates will decrease an average of 15%.

The price of First-Class Mail for Large Envelopes / Flats cannot be beat. Although it comes at the cost of additional services. When tracking or insurance protection is important, compare the value of First-Class Package Service and Priority Mail.

RATE CHANGE SUMMARY TABLES

RETAIL | First-Class Mail Flats (domestic)

FIRST-CLASS MAIL FLATS | Retail Price Increase ($)
Weight
(oz)

Dollar Increase

1 0.00
2 (0.06)
3 (0.12)
4 (0.18)
5 (0.24)
6 (0.30)
7 (0.36)
8 (0.42)
9 (0.48)
10 (0.54)
11 (0.60)
12 (0.66)
13 (0.72)

What does this table mean?

View 2019 USPS First-Class Mail Flats (Retail) rate table.

INTERNATIONAL SERVICE

As of January 27, 2019 there are no changes to First-Class Mail International Flats postage rates. Postage costs for First-Class Mail International Large Envelopes / Flats will continue to be based on weight and Country Price Group.

View 2019 USPS First-Class Mail International Flats (Retail) rate table.

 

Media Mail

USPS Media Mail is a specialty service that provides low cost shipping for books and educational materials.

The USPS has strict guidelines for Media Mail. So be sure to check the rules before selecting this service. If your shipments qualify, you can expect delivery within 2- to 8-days for much less money than other services.

Learn more about USPS Media Mail.

Media Mail postage cost is determined by package weight. Also, there is only one rate type - Retail pricing - for this service.

Media Mail rates are increasing an average of 2.25%.

When shipping educational materials and books, the price of Media Mail can't be beat. Though if speed is important, consider the value of Priority Mail.

RATE CHANGE SUMMARY TABLES

RETAIL | Media Mail

MEDIA MAIL | Retail Price Increase ($)
Weight
(lbs)

Dollar Increase

1 0.09
2 0.10
3 0.11
4 0.12
5 0.13
6 - 10 0.14-0.18
11 - 15 0.19-0.20
16 - 20 0.24-0.28
21 - 70 0.29-0.78

What does this table mean?

View 2019 USPS Media Mail (Retail) rate table.

 

 

Special Services

USPS offers several value-added confirmation options that require signature upon delivery.

Signature Confirmation requires the carrier to get a signature from the individual who accepts the package. The price of this service is increasing 5 cents. Signature Confirmation will cost $2.60 through online shipping solutions.

Adult Signature Confirmation requires a signature from an individual who is at least 21 years old. The price of this service is increasing 30 cents. Adult Signature Confirmation will cost $6.40 through online shipping solutions.

 

Other Services

The January 2019 rate changes will also impact other services.

FIRST-CLASS MAIL:

Notable changes apply to First-Class Mail letters.

The retail price of Forever Stamps is increasing 5 cents, for the price of 55 cents per 1 ounce stamp. In contrast, the price for an additional ounce stamp is decreasing 6 cents, for the price of 15 cents per each additional letter ounce.

The retail price for a Postcard stamp is not changing.

CONSOLIDATOR SERVICES:

The USPS is also updating the rates which will impact shipping consolidators. For instance, Parcel Select, Global Express Guaranteed, IPA and ISAL rates are increasing. Shippers who use consolidator services should ask their carrier how rates are changing. Details can also be found in USPS' Docket No. CP2019-3.

 

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Related articles:

FedEx announces rate changes January 7, 2019
UPS announces rate changes December 2018


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