USPS Time Limited Price Increase October 2, 2022
September 09 2022

USPS Time Limited Price Increase October 2, 2022

Posted By | Tina Jeremiah
Posted On | September 09 2022

USPS's "Time Limited" Priority Mail® Price Change

Effective October 2, 2022 - January 22, 2023

 

It's truly the season of rate change!

Download the Priority Mail Price Sheet with the 2022-2023 temporary rates here

 

The Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) approved a temporary price adjustment for key package products for the 2022-2023 peak holiday season.  This temporary rate adjustment is similar to ones in past years that help cover extra handling costs to ensure a successful peak season.  These temporary rates are now effective from Oct. 2, 2022 and will roll back on January 23, 2023.

 

Just like last year's temporary rate change in October, only certain shipping services will be affected.  This year includes increases to Priority Mail Express (PME), Priority Mail (PM), First-Class Package Service (FCPS), Parcel Select and USPS Retail Ground.  International products will not affected. These seasonal rate changes affect both the retail (post office) and commercial (discounted) domestic pricing for the selected services.

 

CBP (Commercial Base Pricing)

Time Limited 2022-2023 Seasonal
Priority Mail Express Flat Rates –
January 2022 Rates vs. Oct 2022 - Jan 2023 Rates

Flat Rate Envelopes (CBP)

Mailpiece January 2022 Prices Oct 2022-Jan 2023 Prices Increase
Flat Rate Envelope $23.50 $24.25 $0.75
Legal Flat Rate Envelope $23.75 $24.50 $0.75
Padded Flat Rate Envelope $23.95 $24.70 $0.75

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

CBP (Commercial Base Pricing)

Time Limited 2022-2023 Seasonal
Priority Mail Flat Rates –
January 2022 Rates vs. Oct 2022 - Jan 2023 Rates

Flat Rate Envelopes (CBP)

Mailpiece January 2022 Prices Oct 2022-Jan 2023 Prices Increase
Flat Rate Envelope $7.75 $8.50 $0.75
Legal Flat Rate Envelope $8.05 $8.80 $0.75
Padded Flat Rate Envelope $8.45 $9.20 $0.75
Small Flat Rate Box $8.25 $9.00 $0.75
Medium Flat Rate Box $14.25 $15.00 $0.75
Large Flat Rate Box $19.20 $19.95 $0.75

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

 

SAMPLE October 2022 - January 2023 USPS PRIORITY CBP MAIL RATE CHANGES

 

Below is an example of a 4 lb. package compared January 2022 rates to the new temporary Oct 2022 - Jan 2023 rates going to various zones.

 

Priority Mail           January 2022                Commercial Base Pricing       Oct 2022 - Jan 2023      Commercial Base Pricing Price Increase*
L, Zones 1 & 2 $  8.34 $  8.59 $0.25
Zone 3 $  8.84 $  9.09 $0.25
Zone 4 $  9.49 $  9.74 $0.25
Zone 5 $11.54 $12.34 $0.80
Zone 6 $15.54 $16.34 $0.80
Zone 7 $18.03 $18.83 $0.80
Zone 8 $20.77 $21.57 $0.80
Zone 9 $40.97 $41.77 $0.80

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

*
Commercial (CBP):

  • $0.25 increase for Zones 1-4, 0-10 lbs.
  • $0.80 increase for Zones 5-9, 0-10 lbs.
  • $0.75 increase for Zones 1-4, 11-25 lbs.
  • $2.80 increase for Zones 5-9, 11-25 lbs.
  • $3.00 increase for Zones 1-4, 26-70 lbs.
  • $6.50 increase for Zones 5-9, 26-70 lbs.

Retail:

  • $0.30 increase for Zones 1-4, 0-10 lbs.
  • $1.00 increase for Zones 5-9, 0-10 lbs.
  • $0.95 increase for Zones 1-4, 11-25 lbs.
  • $3.20 increase for Zones 5-9, 11-25 lbs.
  • $3.25 increase for Zones 1-4, 26-70 lbs.
  • $6.45 increase for Zones 5-9, 26-70 lbs.

 

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".


NEW:  Retail prices for the "Time Limited" Regional Rate Boxes have additional fee of $2.35 for Zones 1-4 and $2.50 for Zones 5-9.

 

Regional Rate Box A Jan 2022 Commercial Base Pricing Oct 2022 - Jan 2023 Temporary Commercial Base Pricing Price Increase
L, Zones 1 & 2 $  8.38 $  8.63 $0.25
Zone 3 $  8.58 $  8.83 $0.25
Zone 4 $  8.88 $  9.13 $0.25
Zone 5 $  9.55 $10.35 $0.80
Zone 6 $11.55 $12.35 $0.80
Zone 7 $12.32 $13.12 $0.80
Zone 8 $13.54 $14.34 $0.80
Zone 9 $26.37 $27.17 $0.80

 

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".


NEW:  Retail prices for the "Time Limited" Regional Rate Boxes have additional fee of $2.35 for Zones 1-4 and $2.50 for Zones 5-9.

 

Regional Rate Box B Jan 2022 Commercial Base Pricing Oct 2022 - Jan 2023 Temporary Commercial Base Pricing Price Increase
L, Zones 1 & 2 $  8.88 $  9.13 $0.25
Zone 3 $  9.37 $  9.62 $0.25
Zone 4 $10.12 $10.37 $0.25
Zone 5 $12.47 $13.27 $0.80
Zone 6 $16.61 $17.41 $0.80
Zone 7 $19.59 $20.39 $0.80
Zone 8 $22.51 $23.31 $0.80
Zone 9 $44.02 $44.82 $0.80

 

Additional Services

 

Product January 2022 Prices Oct 2022- Jan 2023 Prices Price Increase*
Parcel Select® Ground Starts at $7.22 Starts at $7.47 $.25
USPS Retail Ground Starts at $8.50 Starts at $8.80 $.30
Parcel Select® Lightweight Starts at $2.32 Starts at $2.32 No Change
Parcel Return Service Starts at $3.37 Starts at $3.37 No Change
First-Class Package Service (CBP) Starts at $3.37 Starts at $3.62 $.25


*First Class Package Service, Parcel Select Ground, and USPS Retail Ground

  • Commercial (CBP):
    • $0.25 increase for Zones 1-4, 0-10 lbs.
    • $0.40 increase for Zones 5-9, 0-10 lbs.
    • $0.75 increase for Zones 1-4, 11-25 lbs.
    • $1.60 increase for Zones 5-9, 11-25 lbs.
    • $3.00 increase for Zones 1-4, 26-70 lbs.
    • $5.50 increase for Zones 5-9, 26-70 lbs.

  • Retail:
    • $0.30 increase for Zones 1-4, 0-10 lbs.
    • $0.60 increase for Zones 5-9, 0-10 lbs.
    • $0.95 increase for Zones 1-4, 11-25 lbs.
    • $2.70 increase for Zones 5-9, 11-25 lbs.
    • $3.25 increase for Zones 1-4, 26-70 lbs.
    • $5.85 increase for Zones 5-9, 26-70 lbs.

 

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

USPS® Retail Ground:  A ground shipping for packages, thick envelopes and tubes (with a max weight of 70 lbs.) that are not required to be mailed at First-Class Mail service.

 

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.

First-Class Package Service:  Allows you to ship lightweight packages that weigh up to 15.999 ounces.  A First Class Package can have a maximum combined length and girth of 108 inches.  Items can be sent in an envelope, poly mailer or plain or branded box.  You cannot, use USPS-branded packaging when shipping this service.



For a complete list of all affected rates, to go the USPS site Postal Explorer at:

https://pe.usps.com/

 

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

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

 

For further clarification, information, or mailing equipment solutions,

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



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