Rate Update January 27, 2019
January 05 2019

Rate Update January 27, 2019

Posted By | Tina Jeremiah
Posted On | January 05 2019

The United States Postal Service (USPS®) filed notice with the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) of price changes to take effect Jan. 27, 2019. The new prices include a five-cent increase in the price of a First-Class Mail Forever stamp from 50 cents to 55 cents and with a .05 cent discount for postage meter users.

 

Postcard stamps will remain at $.35 ea. and metered first-class letters will now be .50 ea. Does not include any price change for single-piece letters being mailed to international destinations or for additional ounces for letters.

 

Listed below are some highlights of the new 2019 increase.

 

• The First Class Mail letter (1 oz) rate for postage purchased at the Post Office is increasing by five cents to $.055 from $.50.

• Each additional ounce for a First Class Mail letter will cost an additional $.15 (a DECREASE from $.21 in 2018)

• First Class Mail Flats/Large Envelope rates are not increasing in 2019, remaining at $1.00 (1 oz) with additional ounces costing $.15 ea.

• Postcard rates are not increasing in 2019 staying at $.35. ea.

• Customers who print postage online (via Stamps.com) metered mail rate will now be a 5 cent discount compared to the Post Office price with rates increasing to $.50 in 2019 from $.47 currently.

• Each additional ounce will cost an extra $.15 in 2019, a decrease from $.21 currently.

• The five cent ($.05) discount for online postage on a one-ounce First Class Mail letter represents a savings of 9% for consumers and small business owners.

 

First Class Mail – 2019 Rates INCREASE PER LETTER – 2019 rates vs. 2018 rates
Mailpiece Weight 2019 2018 Increase
Letters – 1 oz. $0.55 $0.50 $0.05
Letters  – Additional Ounces $0.15 $0.21 ($0.06)
Metered Mail Letters (Stamps.com Rate) – 1 oz. $0.50 $0.47 $0.03
Metered Mail Letters (Stamps.com Rate) Additional Ounces $0.15 $0.21 ($0.06)
Flat/Large Envelope – 1 oz. $1.00 $1.00 $0.00
Flat/Large Envelope – Additional Ounces $0.15 $0.21 ($0.06)
Postcards $0.35 $0.35 $0.00
International Letters – 1 oz. (Country Groups 1-9) $1.15 $1.15 $0.00
International Postcard (Country Groups 1-9)

 

Priority Mail Express (Commercial Base Pricing)

• Priority Mail Express will see an average increase of 3.9%

• A 1 lb. package going to Zone 8 using Priority Mail Express will cost $36.52 in 2019 compared to $35.04 currently.

• The USPS is adjusting the DIM Divisor for Priority Mail Express packages over 1 cubic foot (1728 cubic inches) from 194 to 166.

• Commercial Plus Pricing has been eliminated.

 

Priority Mail Express – 2019 Rates (Commercial Base Pricing) INCREASE PER PACKAGE – 2019 rates vs. 2018 rates
Weight (lbs.) Zones 1 & 2 Zone 3 Zone 4 Zone 5 Zone 6 Zone 7 Zone 8 Zone 9
0.5 $0.70 $0.75 $0.80 $0.90 $0.99 $1.08 $1.21 $5.23
1 $0.76 $0.83 $1.03 $1.18 $1.26 $1.38 $1.48 $6.24
2 $0.80 $0.94 $1.18 $1.36 $1.45 $1.57 $1.71 $6.95
3 $0.85 $1.03 $1.40 $1.65 $1.76 $1.90 $2.05 $8.08
4 $0.89 $1.16 $1.57 $1.95 $2.07 $2.25 $2.41 $9.23
5 $0.93 $1.30 $1.67 $2.09 $2.33 $2.49 $2.67 $10.25

 

Priority Mail Express Flat Rate (Commercial Base Pricing)

 

• Priority Mail Express Flat Rate Envelopes will also see a rate increase ranging from $0.70 to $.072 depending on the envelope used.

 

Priority Mail Express Flat Rate – 2019 Rates
(Commercial Base Pricing)
INCREASE PER PACKAGE – 2019 rates vs. 2018 rates
Mailpiece 2019 2018 Increase
Flat Rate Envelope $22.68 $21.98 $0.70
Legal Flat Rate Envelope $22.80 $22.09 $0.71
Padded Flat Rate Envelope $23.18 $22.46 $0.72

 

Priority Mail (Commercial Base Pricing)

• Priority Mail will see an average increase of 5.9%

• A 1 lb. package going to Zone 8 using Priority Mail will cost $8.25 in 2019 compared to $7.76 in 2018.

• Heavier weights for Priority Mail are seeing a rate decrease.

• Medium weight packages (4 - 10 lbs.) traveling to Zone 5 and higher are seeing a decrease in rates compared to 2018, with costs being reduced by $.17.

• The Dimensional Weight (DIM) divisor for Priority Mail packages over 1 cubic foot (1728 cubic inches) is being adjusted from 195 to 166.  Priority Mail parcels in all shipping zones will now receive DIM pricing for packages over 1 cubic foot.  Previously, only Priority Mail parcels being delivered to Zones 5-9 received DIM pricing. 

 

UPDATE: THE USPS HAS POSTPONED THE DIM DIVISOR CHANGE UNTIL JUNE 23, 2019.

 

Priority Mail – 2019 Rates (Commercial Base Pricing) INCREASE PER PACKAGE – 2019 rates vs. 2018 rates
Weight (lbs.) Zones 1 & 2 Zone 3 Zone 4 Zone 5 Zone 6 Zone 7 Zone 8 Zone 9
1 $0.40 $0.28 $0.39 $0.45 $0.47 $0.49 $0.49 ($0.11)
2 $0.32 $0.36 $0.48 $0.35 $0.23 ($0.06) $0.06 ($0.16)
3 $0.41 $0.31 ($0.13) $0.00 ($0.36) ($0.05) ($0.06) ($0.22)
4 $0.40 $0.15 $0.12 ($0.31) ($0.43) ($0.48) ($0.54) ($0.27)
5 $0.40 ($0.17) ($0.25) ($0.32) ($0.48) ($0.55) ($0.63) ($0.31)

 

Priority Mail Flat Rate Boxes & Envelopes (Commercial Base Pricing)

 

• Priority Mail Medium Flat Rate Box is decreasing by $.05 cents to $12.80 in 2019 from $12.85 in 2018.

• Priority Mail Priority Mail Large Flat Rate Box is decreasing by $.05 cents to $17.60 in 2019 from $17.65 in 2018.

• Priority Mail Padded Flat Rate Envelope is increasing by $.045 to $7.55 in 2019 from $7.10 in 2018.

 

Priority Mail Flat Rate – 2019 Rates (Commercial Base Pricing) INCREASE PER PACKAGE – 2019 rates vs. 2018 rates
Mailpiece 2019 2018 Increase
Flat Rate Envelope $6.95 $6.55 $0.40
Legal Flat Rate Envelope $7.25 $6.85 $0.40
Padded Flat Rate Envelope $7.55 $7.10 $0.45
Small Flat Rate Box $7.50 $7.05 $0.45
Medium Flat Rate Box $12.80 $12.85 ($0.05)
Large Flat Rate Box $17.60 $17.65 ($0.05)
APO/FPO Large Flat Rate Box $16.10 $16.15 ($0.05)

 

Priority Mail Regional Rate (Commercial Base Pricing)

 

Regional Rate Box A

• Closer shipping zones (Zones 1/2 through Zone 5) are seeing bigger rate increases from $.055 (Zone 1/2 = $7.65) to $.61 (Zone 5 = $8.76).

• Package traveling to farther shipping zones are seeing a smaller rate increase - going up by $.026 (Zone 7 = $10.55) and to $.040 (Zone 8 - $11.20)

 

Regional Rate Box B

• Other than Zone 1/2 where the rate increase is $.064, the increase is relativity small at $.08 (Zone 3 - $8.50), $.03 (Zone 4 = $9.40) and no rate increase for farther Zones 5-8.

 

Priority Mail Regional Rate Boxes – 2019 Rates (Commercial Base Pricing) INCREASE PER PACKAGE – 2019 rates vs. 2018 rates
Box Type Zones 1 & 2 Zone 3 Zone 4 Zone 5 Zone 6 Zone 7 Zone 8 Zone 9
A $0.55 $0.60 $0.72 $0.61 $0.53 $0.26 $0.40 $0.31
B $0.64 $0.08 $0.03 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.58

 

Please go to the bottom of our homepage to download your updated January 27st Rate Sheet

 

For further clarification, information, and mailing equipment solutions, call Walz Label & Mailing at 877-971-1500.



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