Here are new rate charts for the most popular USPS postage levels.
In the fall, the US Postal Service (USPS) announced its planned changes to postage rates for the coming year. Higher postal rates are tied to the Consumer Price Index (CPI) from the Bureau of Labor Statistics which measures the change in prices paid by consumers over the previous year. Postal increases are limited to not exceed CPI.
New rates go into effect on Sunday, January 26, 2020. This rate change is timed to be similar to UPS® and FedEx® that historically adjust prices each January. For example, on January 6, 2020, FedEx will raise prices an average of 4.9%.
What is changing?
A big takeaway is that the First Class Mail® rates are staying the same with stamps still continuing to cost 55 cents.
Here are programs where the rates are changing.
- Priority Mail® rates to increase by 4.1%
- Priority Mail® Flat Rate products increase from 4.9% to 6.2%
- Priority Mail Express® rates to increase by 3.5%
- Priority Mail Express® Flat Rate products increase up to 16.3%
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Print Tech will automatically implement these changes when they go into effect in January.
Below are the details of the 2020 price change:
First-Class Mail Rates stay the same
|Letters with stamps (1 oz.)||55 cents||55 cents||0%|
|Letters – metered (1 oz.)||50 cents||50 cents||0%|
|Large Envelopes (1 oz.)||$1.00||$1.00||0%|
|Additional ounces (up to 13 oz.)||15 cents||15 cents||0%|
|Domestic Postcards||35 cents||35 cents||0%|
Priority Mail® Rates to increase by 4.1% while Flat Rate products increase from 4.9% to 6.2%
The proposed domestic Priority Mail® Flat Rate Retail price changes are:
|Small Flat-Rate Box||$7.90||$8.30||5.1%|
|Medium Flat-Rate Box||$14.35||$15.05||4.9%|
|Large Flat-Rate Box||$19.95||$21.10||5.8%|
|APO/FPO Large Flat-Rate Box||$18.45||$19.60||6.2%|
|Regular Flat-Rate Envelope||$7.35||$7.75||5.4%|
|Legal Flat-Rate Envelope||$7.65||$8.05||5.2%|
|Padded Flat-Rate Envelope||$8.00||$8.40||5.0%|
Priority Mail Express® Rates to increase by 3.5%
The proposed domestic Priority Mail Express® Flat Rate Retail price changes are:
|Flat Rate Envelope||$22.68||$26.35||16.2%|
|Legal Flat Rate Envelope||$22.80||$26.50||16.2%|
|Padded Flat Rate Envelope||$23.18||$26.95||16.3%|
You can download the USPS files here: https://pe.usps.com/pricechange/index.
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