USPS Announces 2017 Price Changes

Rate Change FAQ

The United States Postal Service® has announced 2017 mailing and shipping rate changes prices. The changes, if approved by the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) in early December, will go into effect on Sunday, January 22, 2017.

You can see an overview of the proposed changes in this chart.

Priority Mail PricesCurrentNew
Small Flat-Rate Box$6.80$7.15
Medium Flat-Rate Box$13.45$13.60
Large Flat-Rate Box$18.75$18.85
Large Army/Air Post Office and
Fleet Post Office Flat-Rate Box
$16.75$17.35
Regular Flat-Rate Envelope$6.45$6.65
Legal Flat-Rate Envelope$6.45$6.95
Padded Flat-Rate Envelope$6.80$7.20

 

First-Class Mail, Letters Weight Not Over
(in ounces)
StandardMetered
 149¢46¢
 270¢67¢
 391¢88¢
 3.5$1.12$1.09

 

Here are the details you need to know so you can plan for the rate change.

Proposed Mailing Rate Increases

  • The price for First-Class® Mail letters (1 oz.) could increase from 47¢ to 49¢.
  • The price for First-Class® Mail Flats could increase from 94¢ to 98¢.
  • First-Class® Parcels (Retail) could generally increase by .624 percent, but parcels that weigh from 0 to 4 oz. will remain at $2.67.
  • Overall, Media Mail and Library Mail will both increase by 1.135 percent.
  • Signature Confirmation™ could increase overall by 3.5 percent.
  • Collect on Delivery could increase overall by 2.5 percent.
  • Return Receipt could increase overall by 2.9 percent.
  • Certificate of Mailing could increase overall by 6.1 percent.

Proposed Mailing Rate Decreases

  • The First-Class® Mail Parcels (Retail) additional ounce price could change from 19¢ to 18¢.
  • Currently, First-Class® mailers can mail up to 2 oz. letters for the same price as a 1 oz. letter for presorted mail. The new proposal is for the 1 oz. price to be extended up to 3.5 oz. This will give you the opportunity to mail more at the 1 oz price.
  • Presorted letters/postcards could decrease by 0.250 percent, as a result of the reduced price for Five-Digit automation letters.
  • The price of stamps may increase to 49¢ but the single-piece metered mail price could shrink to 46¢, which could increase the discount from a half-cent to three cents. The six percent meter differential price between a metered First Class piece and a stamped First Class piece will save money for all meter users.

Mailing Service Changes to Note

  • Collect on Delivery could be changed to a Hold for Pickup Only service, which means that mail pieces will be held at the post office and customers will be informed of the pick-up time.
  • Standard Mail would be branded USPS Marketing Mail.
  • Customers could be given the opportunity to add Adult Signature Service to First-Class® Mail Parcels (Retail) for a cost starting at $2.67 for 1 oz.

Proposed Shipping Services Changes

Priority Mail Express®:

  • Priority Mail Express Prices will increase 3.3 percent and will continue to be offered on zoned Retail, Commercial Base® and Commercial Plus® pricing tiers.
  • Retail prices will increase to an average of 3.7 percent.
  • Flat Rate envelope price will increase to $23.75 and the Legal Flat Rate envelope will increase to $23.95. The Padded Flat Rate envelope will increase to $24.45.
  • Commercial Base prices will increase by an average of 2.4 percent.

Priority Mail Price

  • Priority Mail prices will increase by an average of 3.9 percent and will also continue to be offered on zoned Retail, Commercial Base, and Commercial Plus pricing tiers.
  • Priority Mail Retail prices will cost .4 percent less than its Priority Mail Express counterpart which increase by 3.3 percent.
  • The Flat Rate Envelope price will increase to $6.95 and the Legal Flat Rate envelope will increase to $7.20. The price for the small Flat Rate box will be raised to $7.15, the medium Flat Rate box will be increased to $13.60 and the large Flat Rate Box will increase to $18.85.
  • Commercial Base Prices will increase by an average of 4.1 percent, which is 1.7 percent lower than its Priority Mail Express International equivalent.

First-Class Package Service

Generally, First-Class Package Service will increase by 4.1 percent.

Parcel Select

  • Parcel Select non-lightweight will increase by an average of 3.5 percent, while Parcel Select Lightweight will increase by an average of 8 percent.
  • The prices for Parcel Select Ground™ will increase by an average of 2.7 percent.

USPS Retail Ground

Overall, prices for USPS Retail Ground will increase by an average of 3.8 percent.

Extra Services

  • Parcel Return Service price will increase by an average of 5.5 percent on average.
  • Adult Signature Required and Adult Signature Restricted Delivery Service prices will increase 3.5 and 3.4 percent respectively. The price for Adult Signature Required will increase to $5.90 and Adult Signature Restricted Delivery will increase to $6.15.
  • USPS Package Intercept fee will increase by 3.2 percent to $12.95.