USPS Temporary Rate Change Update October 3, 2021
August 13 2021

USPS Temporary Rate Change Update October 3, 2021

Posted By | Tina Jeremiah
Posted On | August 13 2021

 

USPS Temporary Priority Mail® Rate Change

Effective October 3, 2021 - December 26, 2021

 

It's truly the season of rate change!

The USPS filed for another temporary rate change with the PRC Postal Regulatory Commission that covers shipping services.  These price changes are just seasonal.  They are scheduled to take effect on Oct. 3 and roll back on Dec. 26, 2021.

 

Just like last year's temporary rate change in October, only certain shipping services will be affected.  However, this year includes increases to First-Class Package Service and USPS Ground.  These seasonal rate changes affect both the retail (post office) and commercial (discounted) pricing for the selected services.

 

Here are some key takeaways from the USPS

  • Priority Mail, Priority Regional Rate, Priority Mail Express, USPS Retail Ground, and First-Class Package Service are some of the affected services.
  • Priority Mail and Priority Mail Express Flat Rate envelopes and boxes will see an increase of $.75 cents.
  • Priority Regional Rates A & B will see an increase of $.25 - $.75 cents.
  • USPS Retail Ground will see increases ranging from $.25 cents to $5.00 - across all zones and weights.
  • First-Class Package Service Retail prices will increase by $.30 cents.  First-Class Package Service Commercial rates will also increase by $.30 cents.
  • Parcel Return Service will see an increase of $1.00.

 

(((To download a copy of the Priority Mail Rate Change Sheet with January 2021 rates and the October - December temporary rates,

go to our homepage and under "Downloads" at the bottom of page)))

 

(((For RATE CHANGE instructions to update your QUADIENT POSTAGE METER, go to)))

https://walzeq.com/News/List/Detail/?newsarticle=8

 

To visit the USPS Postal Explorer with the current 2021 price sheets and changes,

click https://pe.usps.com/

 

For further clarification, information, or mailing equipment solutions,

call Walz Label & Mailing at 877-971-1500 and talk to an expert

 

CBP (Commercial Base Pricing)

Temporary 2021 Seasonal PRIORITY MAIL & PRIORITY MAIL EXPRESS

Priority Mail Flat Rate – January 2021 Rates vs. October- December 2021 Temp Rates

Flat Rate Boxes and Envelopes (Commercial Base Pricing)

Mailpiece January 2021 Temp Oct. 2021 Prices Increase
Flat Rate Envelope $  7.40 $  8.15 $0.75
Legal Flat Rate Envelope $  7.70 $  8.45 $0.75
Padded Flat Rate Envelope $  8.00 $  8.75 $0.75
Small Flat Rate Box $  7.90 $  8.65 $0.75
Medium Flat Rate Box $13.75 $14.50 $0.75
Large Flat Rate Box $19.30 $20.05 $0.75
APO/FPO Large Flat Rate Box $17.80 $18.55 $0.75

Note:  Pricing is the same for Commercial Base and Commercial Plus flat rates.

 

CBP (Commercial Base Pricing)

Temporary 2021 Seasonal Priority Mail Express Flat Rate – January 2021 Rates vs. Oct - Dec 2021 Rates

Flat Rate Envelopes (Commercial Base Pricing)

Mailpiece January 2021 Prices Oct 2021 Prices Increase
Flat Rate Envelope $22.75 $23.50 $0.75
Legal Flat Rate Envelope $22.95 $23.70 $0.75
Padded Flat Rate Envelope $23.25 $24.00 $0.75

Note:  Pricing is the same for Commercial Base and Commercial Plus flat rates.

 

SAMPLE October - December 2021 USPS PRIORITY CBP MAIL RATE CHANGES

 

Below is an example of a 4 lb. package compared January 2021 rates to the new temporary Oct - Dec 2021 rates going to various zones.

 

Priority Mail           January 2021                Commercial Base Pricing       Oct - Dec 2021            Commercial Base Pricing Price Increase
L, Zones 1 & 2 $  8.10 $  8.35 $0.25
Zone 3 $  8.58 $  8.83 $0.25
Zone 4 $  9.21 $  9.46 $0.25
Zone 5 $10.43 $11.18 $0.75
Zone 6 $14.80 $15.55 $0.75
Zone 7 $16.78 $17.53 $0.75
Zone 8 $18.96 $19.71 $0.75
Zone 9 $35.63 $36.38 $0.75

Note:  Pricing is the different for Commercial Base and Commercial Plus rates.

 

Priority Mail Regional Rate (Commercial Base Pricing)

 

Regional Rate service is a less-used but useful shipping service.  This method lets you ship using preset boxes you can order on-line and the rate is cheaper when shipping short distances.  Both Regional Rate Box A and B rates will increase across all zones.  Regional Rate shipment are mainly designed to be shipped to Zones 1-4 and that is certainly reflected in the Zone 9 increases below.

 

Regional Rate Box A

 

Regional Rate Box A allows you to ship up to 15 lbs. at the price of a 2 lb. package.  If you package is over 15 lbs., you can't use a Regional Rate A Box.  See Regional Rate Box B.

 

Regional A boxes come in 2 sizes: A1 and A2.  A1 is a top-loading box - 10" x 7" x 4 3/4". A2 is a side-loading box - 10 15/16" x 2 3/8" x 12 13/16".

 

Regional Rate Box A Jan 2021 Commercial Base Pricing Oct - Dec 2021 Temporary Commercial Base Pricing Price Increase
L, Zones 1 & 2 $  7.83 $  8.08 $0.25
Zone 3 $  8.04 $  8.29 $0.25
Zone 4 $  8.34 $  8.59 $0.25
Zone 5 $  9.01 $  9.76 $0.75
Zone 6 $10.89 $11.64 $0.75
Zone 7 $11.63 $12.38 $0.75
Zone 8 $12.64 $13.39 $0.75
Zone 9 $23.37 $24.12 $0.75

 

Regional Rate Box B

 

Regional Rate Box B allows you to ship up to 20 lbs. at the price of a 5 lb. package.  If you package is over 20 lbs., you can't use a Regional B Box.

 

Regional Rate B boxes come in 2 sizes: B1 and B2.  B1 is a top-loading box - 12" x 10 1/4" x 5". B2 is a side-loading box - 14 3/8" x 2 7/8" x 15 7/8".

 

Regional Rate Box B Jan 2021 Commercial Base Pricing Oct - Dec 2021 Temporary Commercial Base Pricing Price Increase
L, Zones 1 & 2 $  8.23 $  8.48 $0.25
Zone 3 $  8.64 $  8.89 $0.25
Zone 4 $  9.56 $  9.81 $0.25
Zone 5 $12.36 $13.11 $0.75
Zone 6 $17.50 $18.25 $0.75
Zone 7 $20.10 $20.85 $0.75
Zone 8 $22.90 $23.65 $0.75
Zone 9 $42.98 $43.73 $0.75

 

Additional Services

 

Product January 2021 Prices Oct - Dec 2021 Prices
Parcel Select® Ground Starts at $7.01 Starts at $7.26
Parcel Select® Lightweight Starts at $2.15 Starts at $2.15
Parcel Return Service Starts at $3.21 Starts at $4.21
First-Class Package Service (CBP) Starts at $3.01 Starts at $3.31

 

Parcel Select® Ground:  Economical ground delivery service for medium and large volume shippers based on shape, weight and size.

 

Parcel Select® Lightweight:  Per ounce rates for high-volume shippers who send packages that weigh 3.5 to 16 oz.

 

Parcel Return Service:  A service for shippers who use a high volume of prepaid, pre-printed return shipping labels.

 

For a complete list of all affected rates, to go the USPS site Postal Explorer at https://pe.usps.com/

 

DIMENSIONAL WEIGHT PRICING (DIM WEIGHT)

 

THE USPS IMPLEMENTED THE DIM DIVISOR CHANGE EFFECTIVE JUNE 23, 2019. 

On June 23, 2019, the USPS began calculating shipping costs based on a package's SIZE instead of the package's WEIGHT.  This method is called Dimensional (DIM) Weight Pricing and it is easy to calculate. 

 

For details on how this change will affect your business and its shipping, please click on ALL ABOUT DIM WEIGHT PRICING.

 

*June 23, 2019 Parcels exceeding one cubic foot are charged on the actual weight or the dimensional weight, whichever is greater.

 

For instructions and an on-line DIM Weight calculator:  

https://walzeq.com/News/List/Detail/?newsarticle=11

 

 

For further clarification, information, or mailing equipment solutions,

call Walz Label & Mailing at 877-971-1500 and talk to an expert

 

To download a copy of the January 2021 and the Oct-Dec 2021 Temporary Rate Change Sheet

go to our homepage and under "Downloads" at the bottom of page



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