The U.S. Postal Service® has recently received approval from the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) to proceed with implementation of its January 2017 rate changes for First-Class Mail, Standard Mail, Periodical products, and Package Service products. The Special Service decision is still pending.
Following this approval, the rates will go into effect on January 22, 2017. However, now is a good time to get up to speed with the possible postal changes, so you can plan ahead. Here are details of the mailing and shipping rate changes come January.
Which Mailing Services Rates Will Change?
Mailing Rates Increases:
- The price for First-Class® Mail letters will increase from 47 cents to 49 cents.
- The price for First-Class Mail Flats will increase from 94 cents to 98 cents.
- First-Class Parcels (Retail) will generally increase by .624 percent but parcels between 0 to 4 oz will remain at $2.67.
- Overall, Media Mail and Library Mail will both increase by 1.135 percent.
- Signature Confirmation™ will increase overall by 3.5 percent.
- Collect on Delivery will increase overall by 2.5 percent.
- Return Receipt will increase overall by 2.9 percent.
- Certificate of Mailing will increase overall by 6.1 percent.
Mailing Rate Decreases:
- The First-Class Mail Parcels (Retail) additional ounce price will change from 19 cents to 18 cents.
- Currently, First-Class mailers can mail up to 2 oz. letters for the same price as a 1 oz. letter for presorted mail. The new proposal is for the 1 oz. price to be extended up to 3.5 oz. What this means is that you could be given the opportunity to mail more at the same price as 1 oz.
Which Shipping Services Rates Will Change?
Priority Mail Express®:
- Priority Mail Express Prices will increase 3.3 percent and will continue to be offered on zoned Retail, Commercial Base® and Commercial Plus® pricing tiers.
- Retail prices will increase to an average of 3.7 percent.
- Flat Rate envelope price will increase to $23.75 and the Legal Flat Rate envelope will increase to $23.95. The Padded Flat Rate envelope will increase to $24.45.
- Commercial Base prices will increase by an average of 2.4 percent.
- Priority Mail prices will increase by an average of 3.9 percent and will also continue to be offered on zoned Retail, Commercial Base, and Commercial Plus pricing tiers.
- Priority Mail Retail prices will cost .4 percent less than its Priority Mail Express counterpart, as it will only increase by 3.3 percent.
- The Flat Rate Envelope price will increase to $6.95 and the Legal Flat Rate envelope will increase to $7.20. The price for the small Flat Rate box will be raised to $7.15, the medium Flat Rate box will be increased to $13.60 and the large Flat Rate Box will increase to $18.85.
- Commercial Base Prices will increase by an average of 4.1 percent, which is 1.7 percent lower than its Priority Mail Express International equivalent.
First-Class Package Service
Generally, First-Class Package Service will increase by 4.1 percent.
- Parcel Select non-lightweight will increase by an average of 3.5 percent, while Parcel Select Lightweight will increase by an average of 8 percent.
- The prices for Parcel Select Ground ™ will increase by an average of 2.7 percent.
USPS Retail Ground
Overall, prices for USPS Retail Ground will increase by an average of 3.8 percent.
Extra Services (The PRC has not given a decision on these, as yet):
Parcel Return Service
On average, the price for Parcel Return Service could increase by an average of 5.5 percent.
Adult Signature Service:
Adult Signature Required and Adult Signature Restricted Delivery Service prices could be increasing 3.5 and 3.4 percent respectively. The price for Adult Signature Required could increase to $5.90 and Adult Signature Restricted Delivery could increase to $6.15.
USPS Package Intercept
The fee for USPS Package Intercept could increase by 3.2 percent to $12.95.