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USPS 2016 Rate Increase

There is good news and bad news. First the bad news. USPS has increased their Priority and Priority Express rates. HOWEVER, at the same time they increased the limit for First Class mail to 15.99 ounces. That means WAY cheaper shipping on single bottles! For a full list of rates look below. If you are ordering more than one bottle you can use the code 10OFF for 10% off.

 

Summary:

  • The average shipping price rises 9.5% from $5.02 to $5.50.
  • Priority Mail rises an average of 9.8%.
  • Priority Mail Express rises an average of 15.6%.
  • The USPS discontinues Priority Mail Express Flat Rate boxes.
  • First-Class Package Service (a.k.a. First-Class Mail Parcel) rises an average of 12.8%. But there is good news after January 17: The maximum weight for First-Class Package increases from 12.99 oz to 15.99 oz. Also, the rate for First-Class Packages under 8 oz. is a flat $2.60, which simplifies lightweight package pricing.
  • Standard Post is now called Retail Ground, with an average increase of 10%.
  • The USPS Click ‘n Ship online label printing service will no longer use Commercial Base Pricing discount.

 

Removed Services

The USPS eliminated the following products for the January 2016 rate change:

Commercial Base Pricing (CBP) on USPS Click ‘n Ship (Print & Ship) Online Service
Until January 17, 2016, anyone with internet access could log into usps.com and buy a 4”x6” label at the Commercial Base Pricing discount. After this rate change, the USPS online service charges higher retail rates. To get CBP discounted rates, you need a postage meter or online postage service.

First-Class Package—Commercial Plus Pricing
Commercial Plus Pricing (bulk package price discount) for First-Class Package Service (FCPS) is going away, leaving mailers with Commercial Base Pricing (single-piece price discount) for FCPS.

Regional Rate Box C for Priority Mail and Priority Mail International
This large box (up to 25 lbs) had flat rate pricing, depending on origin & destination (zones). Regional Rate Boxes A (15 lbs) and B (20 lbs) remain.

Flat Rate Box for Priority Mail Express and Priority Mail International Express
After January 17, 2016, mailers will price Priority Mail Express by weight & zone.

Critical Mail
Critical Mail was a service for high-volume mailers that offered tracking and more security for important documents. Commercial Plus Flat Rate Envelopes and Signature Confirmation services replace Critical Mail.

First Class Rates

Weight (up to) Before Jan. 17 After Jan. 17 Price Increase Percent Increase
0.99 oz $2.04 $2.60 $0.56 27.5%
1.99 oz $2.04 $2.60 $0.56 27.5%
2.99 oz $2.04 $2.60 $0.56 27.5%
3.99 oz $2.13 $2.60 $0.47 22.1%
4.99 oz $2.22 $2.60 $0.38 17.1%
5.99 oz $2.35 $2.60 $0.25 10.6%
6.99 oz $2.53 $2.60 $0.07 2.8%
7.99 oz $2.71 $2.60 -$0.11 -4.1%
8.99 oz $2.89 $3.30 $0.41 14.2%
9.99 oz $3.07 $3.35 $0.28 9.1%
10.99 oz $3.25 $3.40 $0.15 4.6%
11.99 oz $3.44 $3.45 $0.01 0.3%
12.99 oz $3.63 $3.50 -$0.13 -3.6%
13.99 oz Varies $3.55 N/A N/A
14.99 oz Varies $3.60 N/A N/A
15.99 oz Varies $3.65 N/A N/A

 

Priority Mail Rates

Priority Mail Commercial Base Pricing
Your Packaging (5lb Package)
ZONE
1 & 2
ZONE
3
ZONE
4
ZONE
5
ZONE
6
ZONE
7
ZONE
8
ZONE
9
Before Jan. 17 $6.78 $7.33 $8.42 $11.26 $15.22 $16.58 $18.87 $22.64
After Jan. 17 $7.39 $7.99 $9.01 $11.26 $15.22 $17.41 $19.81 $28.30
Price Increase $0.61 $0.66 $0.59 $0.00 $0.00 $0.83 $0.94 $5.66
Percent Increase 9.0% 9.0% 7.0% 0.0% 0.0% 5.0% 5.0% 25.0%
Priority Mail Retail Pricing
Your Packaging (5lb Package)
ZONE
1 & 2
ZONE
1 & 2
ZONE
1 & 2
ZONE
1 & 2
ZONE
1 & 2
ZONE
1 & 2
ZONE
1 & 2
ZONE
1 & 2
Before Jan. 17 $8.95 $9.95 $11.30 $16.20 $17.80 $19.20 $21.55 $25.20
After Jan. 17 $9.85 $10.95 $12.45 $17.00 $18.70 $20.65 $23.15 $30.25
Price Increase $0.90 $1.00 $1.15 $0.80 $0.90 $1.45 $1.60 $5.05
Percent Increase 10.1% 10.1% 10.2% 4.9% 5.1% 7.6% 7.4% 20.0%
Priority Mail Commercial Base Pricing
Flat Rate
Envelope Legal Envelope Padded Envelope Small Box Medium Box Large Box
Before Jan. 17 $5.05 $5.25 $5.70 $5.25 $11.30 $15.80
After Jan. 17 $5.75 $5.75 $6.10 $6.10 $11.95 $16.35
Price Increase $0.70 $0.50 $0.40 $0.85 $0.65 $0.55
Percent Increase 13.9% 9.5% 7.0% 16.2% 5.8% 3.5%
Priority Mail Retail Pricing
Flat Rate
Envelope Legal Envelope Padded Envelope Small Box Medium Box Large Box
Before Jan. 17 $5.75 $5.90 $6.10 $5.95 $12.65 $17.90
After Jan. 17 $6.45 $6.45 $6.80 $6.80 $13.45 $18.75
Price Increase $0.70 $0.55 $0.70 $0.85 $0.80 $0.85
Percent Increase 12.2% 9.3% 11.5% 14.3% 6.3% 4.7%

 

 

INTERNATIONAL

Priority Mail International®

The Commercial Base price for Priority Mail International to Canada is increasing by an average of 12 percent per package, which equates to an average increase of $13.17 per package.

For packages weighing 5 pounds or less, Commercial Base rates on average are going up 12.8 percent or $5.63 per piece. For packages 5 pounds or less going to Canada, Commercial Base rates will increase an average of 11.5 percent or $4.02 per piece.

Commercial Base pricing for Priority Mail International to all other countries will increase by an average of 12.8 percent per package, equating to an increase in the average price per package of $17.05.

Priority Mail Express International®

Commercial Base pricing for Priority Mail Express International will increase by an average of 15.9 percent per package, equating to an increase in the average price per package of $27.29.

First-Class Package International Service®

Commercial Base pricing for First-Class Package International Service will increase by an average of 28.2 percent per package, equating to an increase in the average price per package of $4.98.

Keep in mind that these changes are only for shipping services, the changes will not affect First-Class Mail® or any other market-dominant USPS product such as the cost of a stamp.

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