New USPS Rates to Take Effect January 17, 2016
Stamp Prices to Remain the Same
Mail your packages now; for the next round of USPS price increases is coming soon. The new rate hike does not include any price increase for First-Class Mail or any other Postal Service Mailing product such as the Forever stamp or post cards.
The Postal Service continues to provide excellent value and reliability for the shipping industry along with convenient choices for consumers. The average Shipping Services price change is 9.5 percent which results in an average shipping price of less than $5.50 per shipment across all shipping products.
The new prices represent the first price increase in more than three years for commercial Priority Mail. The average price increase for Priority Mail is 9.8 percent; when calculated over the three-year period since the last increase, the overall Priority Mail price change averages less than 3.3 percent per year.
Priority Mail Express will see an average rate increase of 15.6% in 2016. Additionally, the Priority Mail Express Flat Rate Box will be discontinued in 2016.
First Class Package Service will see an average rate increase of 12.8% in 2016. Additionally, the maximum weight for First Class Package Service Commercial Base pricing (online postage) will be increased from 13 ounces to 15.99 ounces. Also, Commercial Plus pricing for First Class Package Service will be eliminated in 2016.
On the international side, Priority Mail Express International will see an average rate increase of 11.6% in 2016.
The PRC will review the prices before they are scheduled to become effective on Jan. 17, 2016. Priority Mail International will see an average rate increase of 10.2% in 2016. First Class Package International Service will see an average rate increase of 21.6% in 2016.
The complete Postal Service price filing with the new prices for all Shipping Services products can be found on the PRC website at http://www.prc.gov/docs/93/93564/Notice%20CP2016-9.pdf.