Priority Rate Update 1-22-17
January 22 2017

Priority Rate Update 1-22-17

Posted By | Tina Jeremiah
Posted On | January 22 2017

USPS Priority Rate Update and Service Changes for January 22nd, 2017

January 2017 USPS rate changes affect domestic shipping services including Priority Mail Express® (PME), Priority Mail® and Parcel Select, as well as for some international shipping services. The new prices will reflect an average 3.9 percent increase across all shipping services.



The current price structure for Priority Mail Express will be maintained, with Commercial Base and Commercial Plus prices set equal to each other. Overall, PME prices are increasing 3.4 percent. Retail prices will go up by an average of 3.7 percent, Commercial Plus 2.3 percent and Commercial Base 2.4 percent. The Commercial Base price will be a flat discount of 11.2 percent off retail prices.



Like Priority Mail Express, the existing pricing structure for Priority Mail (PM) will remain constant as prices increase. Overall, PM prices are increasing 3.9 percent. Retail prices will increase an average of 3.3 percent. Retail Flat Rate prices will increase as follows:

  • Priority Mail Express rises an average of 3.4%. Express Flat Rates have increased across the board.
  • Priority Mail has increased an average of 3.9% and Priority Flat Rates have increased across the board. See our Priority Rate Chart Quick Reference Guide.
  • Commercial Base prices will increase 4.1 percent. This will reflect an average 11.2 percent discount off retail. 
  • Commercial Plus prices will increase 4.5 percent, an average 16.8 percent discount off retail.
  • Priority Mail International will remain the same for 2017.
  • Priority Mail Regional Rate - Postage will increase for most Priority Mail Regional Rate Boxes in 2017.  No change in postage for a Regional Rate Box A going to Zone 5.  Postage will decrease by $.49 for a Regional Rate Box A being shipped to Zone 8.
  • Flat Rate Envelope: $6.45 to $6.65
  • Legal Flat Rate Envelope: $6.45 to $6.95
  • Padded Flat Rate Envelope: $6.80 to $7.20
  • Small Flat Rate Boxes: $6.80 to $7.15
  • Medium Flat Rate Boxes: $13.45 to $13.60
  • Large Flat Rate Boxes: $18.75 to $18.85


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