USPS Temporary Rate Increase - October 18, 2020 | Overview

Shipping carriers routinely update their products, services, and adjust rates. These changes usually occur at the beginning of the year. However, the USPS has announced a temporary rate increase on commercial domestic rates from October 18 thru December 27th, 2020 to help alleviate the strain on resources brought about by COVID-19 and a busy holiday shipping season.

Retail prices and International rates will be unaffected. Learn more about Retail and International prices in 2020.

The USPS is implementing their temporary rate increases on October 18, 2020.

The United States Postal Service describes the rate changes in their official release.

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 2020 temporary rate 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 about ShippingEasy's postage rates.

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

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:

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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. 

Learn more about USPS First Class Package Service.

DOMESTIC SERVICE

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 a flat rate of $0.25.

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 0.25 - 0.29 0.35 - 0.69 0.69 - 0.69
5 - 8 0.25 - 0.29 0.35 - 0.71 0.71 - 0.71
9 - 12 0.25 - 0.32 0.4 - 0.78 0.78 - 0.78
13 - 15.999 0.25 - 0.33 0.48 - 0.91 0.91 - 0.91

What does this table mean?

View 2020 USPS First-Class Mail Package Service (Commercial) 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

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

  • Commercial rates will increase a flat rate of $0.40.
  • Regional Rate parcels will increase a flat rate of $0.40.

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 PRICING | Priority Mail (domestic)

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

 

PRIORITY MAIL | WEIGHT-RATE | Commercial Price Increase ($)
Weight
(lbs)
Dollar Increase by Zone
Local - 4 5 - 8 9
1 0.40 - 0.40 0.39 - 0.40 0.40
2 0.39 - 0.40 0.40 - 0.40 0.40
3 0.40 - 0.40 0.40 - 0.40 0.40
4 0.39 - 0.40 0.39 - 0.40 0.40
5 0.39 - 0.40 0.39 - 0.39 0.40
6 - 10 0.39 - 0.40 0.39 - 0.40 0.39 - 0.40
11 - 15 0.39 - 0.40 0.39 - 0.40 0.32 - 0.40
16 - 20 0.39 - 0.40 0.39 - 0.40 0.32 - 0.40
21 - 70 0.39 - 0.40 0.39 - 0.40 0.39 - 0.40

What does this table mean?

View 2020 USPS Priority Mail (Commercial) 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 0.39-0.40 0.39-0.40 0.40
B 0.40-0.40 0.39-0.40 0.40

What does this table mean?

View 2020 USPS Priority Mail Regional Rate 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 a flat rate of $1.50.

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 1.50
Legal Flat Rate Envelope 1.50
Padded Flat Rate Envelope 1.50

 

PRIORITY MAIL EXPRESS | WEIGHT-RATE | Commercial Price Increase ($)
Weight
(lbs)
Dollar Increase by Zone
Local - 4 5 - 8 9
0.5 1.50 - 1.50 1.50 - 1.50 1.50 - 1.50
1 1.50 - 1.50 1.50 - 1.50 1.50 - 1.50
2 1.50 - 1.50 1.50 - 1.50 1.50 - 1.50
3 1.50 - 1.50 1.50 - 1.50 1.50 - 1.50
4 1.50 - 1.50 1.50 - 1.50 1.50 - 1.50
5 1.50 - 1.50 1.50 - 1.50 1.50 - 1.50
6 - 10 1.50 - 1.50 1.50 - 1.50 1.50 - 1.50
11 - 15 1.50 - 1.50 1.50 - 1.50 1.50 - 1.50
16 - 20 1.50 - 1.50 1.50 - 1.50 1.50 - 1.50
21 - 70 1.49 - 1.50 1.49 - 1.50 1.50 - 1.50

What does this table mean?

View 2020 USPS Priority Mail Express (Commercial) domestic rate tables.

Parcel Select 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 increase a flat rate of $0.40.

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 0.40 - 0.40 0.39 - 0.40 0.40
2 0.40 - 0.40 0.39 - 0.40 0.40
3 0.39 - 0.40 0.39 - 0.40 0.40
4 0.39 - 0.40 0.39 - 0.40 0.40
5 0.39 - 0.40 0.39 - 0.40 0.40
6 - 10 0.39 - 0.40 0.39 - 0.40 0.39 - 0.40
11 - 15 0.39 - 0.40 0.39 - 0.40 0.39 - 0.39
16 - 20 0.39 - 0.40 0 - 0.40 0 - 0.39
21 - 70 0.39 - 0.40 0.39 - 0.40 0.39 - 0.40

What does this table mean?

View 2020 USPS Parcel Select Ground (Commercial) rate table.

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