As many SMEs use the postal service for shipping, this is just a reminder that USPS will increase postage rates on Sunday, January 21.

The changes will raise Mailing Services product prices approximately 1.9 percent, while most Shipping Services product prices will increase an average of 3.9 percent.

First-Class Mail single-piece forever stamps will increase 1 cent to 50 cents. But more important are some of the Priority Mail increases as they will impact shipping costs.

  • Priority Mail Small flat-rate box: $7.15 (current), $7.20 (new)
  • Priority Mail Medium flat-rate box: $13.60 (current), $13.65 (new)
  • Priority Mail Large flat-rate box: $18.85 (current), $18.90 (new)
  • Priority Mail Army/Air Post Office and Fleet Post Office large flat-rate box: $17.35 (current), $17.40 (new)
  • Priority Mail Regular flat-rate envelope: $6.65 (current), $6.70 (new)
  • Priority Mail Legal flat-rate envelope: $6.95 (current), $7 (new)
  • Priority Mail Padded flat-rate envelope: $7.20 (current), $7.25 (new)

Additional rate increases for First-Class mail and Postcards are:

  • Letters (metered): 46 cents (current), 47 cents (new)
  • Domestic postcard stamps: 34 cents (current), 35 cents (new)

All other rates stay the same for now.

Also, shipping pricing may vary depending on negotiated discounts. Labels printed on eBay, PayPal, Stamps.com, Endicia, ShippingEasy, Shipstation, Sixbit Software, Pitney Bowes, and others may be less but will increase proportionately.

More Rate Increases to Come?

However, as we already posted last month, there is a possibility another round of rate increases may follow this year. USPS is under pressure to balance their books, and while the independent federal agency has made a lot of progress, they are still operating in the red.

In comparison to UPS and FedEx, the value of many low weight Priority Mail shipments, which offer 2 to 3 day delivery in the U.S., is excellent. Especially the flat-rate boxes are a favorite as they simplify shipping for many sellers.

These rate increases are relatively minor, but some sellers may want to compare UPS, FedEx, and USPS rates to make sure they are using the best shipping method for their orders.

ShippingEasy released a comprehensive guide to help eCommerce operators compare shipping rates. You can find more information here.

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