Rate Change Information

Historic USPS® Price Reduction

USPS Rate Decrease: What will Your Business Save?
The U.S. Postal Service® (USPS®) reduced First-Class Mail prices on Sunday, April 10, 2016. Yes, you read that right: the rate change is a reduction for the first time in nearly a century. Regardless of the type of mail or sort levels, you will realize average savings of over 4%.

Why now? The reduction comes with the expiration of legislation that imposed an exigent surcharge for mailing products and services for two years. The goal was to help the USPS manage financial challenges mainly due to the recession and declining First-Class mail volumes. The 4.3% exigent surcharge was reversed after the USPS collected additional funds totaling $4.6 billion.

How the Rate Reductions Stack Up

FIRST-CLASS MAIL

  • Stamp price decreased to 47 cents
  • ~4.2% decrease for all First-Class
First-Class Mail Single-Piece Prior April 10 Reduction
Letters (1 Oz) 49 cents 47 cents
Metered Letter 48.5 cents 46.5 cents
Single-Piece Flats 98 cents 94 cents
Retail Parcels $2.54 $2.45
Postcards 35 cents 34 cents
Letters Additional Ounces 22 cents 21 cents
First-Class Mail International Global Forever Stamp $1.20 $1.15
First-Class Mail Bulk Prior April 10 Reduction
Mixed AADC Automation Letters 43.9 cents 41.9 cents
3-Digit Automation Letters 41.6 cents 39.9
5-Digit Automation Letters 39.1 cents 37.6 cents
First-Class Mail Presort
Letters up to 2 ounces still charged the 1-ounce prices
Additional ounce decreased to 12.5 cents

STANDARD MAIL

  • ~4.2% decrease for all Standard Mail
Standard Mail Prior April 10 Reduction
Letters-5 Digit Auto Entered at Origin 26.6 cents 25.5 cents
Flats-5-Digit Auto Flat Entered at Origin 39.2 cents 37.4 cents
Carrier Route-Flat Entered at Origin 30 cents 28.8 cents
High Density/Saturation Letters-Saturation Letter Entered at Origin 20.2 cents 19.4 cents
High Density/Saturation Flats-Saturation Flat Entered At Origin 21.4 cents 20.5 cents
EDDM-Retail 18.3 cents 17.6 cents
Detached Address Labels (DALs)
Price decreased to 3.5 cents
Standard Mail – Non-Profit Prices Prior April 10 Reduction
Letters-5 Digit Auto Entered at Origin 14.7 cents 14 cents
Flats-5-Digit Auto Flat Entered at Origin 24.9 cents 23.7 cents
Carrier Route-Flat Entered at Origin 22.3 cents 21.4 cents
High Density/Saturation Letters-Saturation Letter Entered at Origin 12.5 cents 12.0 cents
High Density/Saturation Flats-Saturation Flat Entered at Origin 13.6 cents 13.1 cents

PERIODICALS

Periodicals CPI Percent Change
Outside County (~4.2%)
Inside County (~4.2%)

PACKAGE SERVICES

  • ~4.2% decrease for all Package Services
  • Retain $0.001 IMb barcode discount for BPM Flats
Products
• Media Mail/Library Mail
• Alaska Bypass
• Bound Printed Matter
• Flats
• Parcels

FULL SERVICE

  • Full services IMb incentives remain in place
Services Rate
First-Class Mail $0.003
Standard Mail $0.001
Periodicals $0.001
Package Services $0.001

SPECIAL SERVICES

  • ~4.2% decrease for Special Services
Service Retail Electronic
  Prior Reduction Prior Reduction
Certificate of Mailing $1.35 $1.30    
Registered without Insurance $12.20 $11.70    
Certified Mail $3.45 $3.30    
Return Receipt $2.80 $2.70    
Signature Confirmation $3.00 $2.90 $2.45 $2.35
USPS Tracking
First-Class Package Svcs Parcels $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Standard Mail Parcels     36 cents 35 cents
Priority Mail $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00

*Note: The cost of sending Certified Mail with Return Receipt will now be $6.47 (compared to $6.74) for a one ounce letter. Consider checking 2-3 day rates with your private carriers to see if they are less money. Or, switch to Electronic Return Receipt which saves $1.35 each.

What does the rollback mean for your business?

Below are estimated savings based on average monthly spend on postal products and services:

If you spend the following on postage monthly… …you will save the following annually
Average $150 $77
Average $500 $260
Average $1,000 $516

*Note: Consider using your savings to send out higher volumes that can bring in more customers and more sales!

Information & Resources

You’ll find more details, rates and downloadable files at USPS, including: