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US Postal Service Rate Increases Coming January 24, 2021

On January 24, 2021, the US Postal Service will be increasing prices on many of its mailing products. Here are some highlights of what to expect based on retail prices.

Discounted commercial rates on Priority Mail and Priority Mail Express services will also increase, but shippers using shipping platforms that offer these rates should contact their vendor for more details.

First-Class Mail and Other Common Low-Cost Mailing Services

ProductCurrent PriceNew Price
Letters additional ounce(s)15 cents20 cents
Letters (metered 1 oz.)50 cents51 cents
Domestic Postcards35 cents36 cents
Letters (1 oz.)55 cents55 cents (no change)
Flats (1 oz.)$1$1 (no change)

First-Class Package Service Examples*

ProductCurrent PriceNew Price
First-Class Package (1oz / Zone 1)$3.80$4.00
First-Class Package (5oz / Zone 3)$4.65$4.85
First-Class Package (10oz / Zone 5)$5.45$5.65
First-Class Package (13oz / Zone 8)$6.50$6.75

USPS Retail Ground Examples*

ProductCurrent PriceNew Price
USPS Retail Ground (1lbs / Zone 1)$7.50$7.70
USPS Retail Ground (5lbs / Zone 3)$11.30$11.50
USPS Retail Ground (10lbs / Zone 5)$24.50$25.40
USPS Retail Ground (10lbs / Zone 8)$40.05$41.50

Priority Mail Flat Rate Services

ProductCurrent PriceNew Price
Small Flat-Rate Box$8.30$8.45
Medium Flat-Rate Box$15.05$15.50
Large Flat-Rate Box$21.10$21.90
APO/FPO Large Flat-Rate Box$19.60$20.40
Regular Flat-Rate Envelope$7.75$7.95
Legal Flat-Rate Envelope$8.05$8.25
Padded Flat-Rate Envelope$8.40$8.55

Priority Mail Examples*

ProductCurrent PriceNew Price
Priority Mail (1lbs / Zone 1)$7.50$7.70
Priority Mail (5lbs / Zone 3)$11.30$11.50
Priority Mail (10lbs / Zone 5)$27.90$29.00
Priority Mail (10lbs / Zone 8)$44.55$46.75

Priority Mail Express Examples*

ProductCurrent PriceNew Price
Priority Mail Express (1lbs / Zone 1)$26.75$26.75
Priority Mail Express (5lbs / Zone 3)$37.95$37.95
Priority Mail Express (10lbs / Zone 5)$90.75$94.45
Priority Mail Express (10lbs / Zone 8)$105.20$110.35

* Example rates are for comparison purposes only and will vary based on weight and zone

USPS Rate Increase Bad Timing

The US Postal Service says it has some of the lowest letter-mail postage rates in the industrialized world and continues to offer a great value in shipping. Unlike some other shippers, the Postal Service does not add surcharges for fuel, residential delivery or regular Saturday delivery.

While these price increases will not be welcome by online merchants and sellers who became increasingly frustrated during the 2020 holiday season with many delayed packages, the adjustments compare favorably to rate hikes implemented for 2021 by UPS and FedEx with effective dates of December 27 (UPS) and January 4 (FedEx).

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