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New Postage Rates in effect

May 29, 2015adminMailing News

Each year, at least once per year, the U.S. Postal Service changes rates across various mail classes and extra services. This year, USPS price change takes place on May 31, 2015.

Rate Update Highlights

  • Metered First Class 1oz letter increases from $0.48 to $0.485
  • First Class letter additional ounce increases from $0.21 to $0.22.
  • Postcard increases from $0.34 to $0.35.

Domestic:

  • First Class Mail Letters (1 oz.) will remain the same at $0.49 when purchased at the Post Office. Each additional ounce will cost $0.22 (up one cent from 2014).
  • The discounted “Metered Mail” category for First Class Mail Letters (1 oz.), which includes online postage providers and postage meters, will increase from $0.48 to $0.485 in 2015.
  • First Class Flats (1 oz.) will stay the same at $0.98 in 2015. Each additional ounce will cost $0.22 (up one cent from 2014).
  • Postcard rates will increase by one cent to $0.35 from $0.34.
  • Media Mail will see an increase of 6.2% in 2015. Rates will start at $2.72 (1 lb.), up $0.03 compared to 2014.
  • Parcel Select (non-presort) will see an increase of 9.8% in 2015. Rates for a 1 lb. package will begin at $5.70.
  • Parcel Select rates are decreasing for heavier packages. Packages weighing 6 lbs. to 24 lbs. that are being shipped to Zones 1 – 4 will see a decrease of up to $9.35 per package (15 lb., Zone 4) in 2015.
  • First Class Package Service will see an increase of 5.1% in 2015. Commercial Base (online postage) rates will start at $2.04 (1 oz.), up $0.11 compared to 2014.
  • Priority Mail rates are NOT INCREASING in 2015. Commercial Base (online postage) rates will continue to start at $5.05.
  • Priority Mail Express rates are NOT INCREASING in 2015. Commercial Base (online postage) rates will continue to start at $13.09.
  • USPS Tracking when purchased online will cost $0.36 in 2015, compared to $0.23 in 2014.

International:

  • Postage for First Class Mail International Letters (1 oz.) and postcards will increase by five cents from $1.15 to $1.20.
  • First Class Package International Service will see an increase of 7.2% in 2015. Commercial Base (online postage) rates will start at $6.39 (1 oz.), up $0.23 compared to 2014.
  • Priority Mail International will see an increase of 5.5% in 2015. Commercial Base (online postage) rates (for all countries except Canada) will start at $32.63 (1 lb.), up $0.70 compared to 2014.
  • For Priority Mail International packages being shipped to Canada, zoned prices based on origin ZIP Code have been introduced. Commercial Base (online postage) rates for a 1 lb. package will begin at $26.75.
  • Priority Mail Express International will see an increase of 6.7% in 2015. Commercial Base (online postage) rates will start at $35.53 (0.5 lbs.), up $2.29 compared to 2014.

Domestic Rate Changes At-a-Glance

MAIL CLASS ABSOLUTE CHANGE PERCENT CHANGE
Retail First-Class Letter (1 oz) Remains 49¢ No change
Metered First-Class Letter (1 oz) From 48¢ to 48.5¢ 1.0%
First-Class Postcard From 34¢ to 35¢ 2.9%
Flats Varies 2.5%
First-Class Packages Varies 5.1%
Priority Mail Varies No changes

Mail Classes

MAIL CLASS BEFORE MAY 31 AFTER MAY 31
First class letter stamp $0.49 $0.49
First class letter metered $0.48 $0.485
Additional ounces for first-class letters $0.21 $0.22
First class postcard $0.34 $0.35
Int’l. first class letter stamp $1.15 $1.20
Int’l first-class postcard $1.15 $1.20
Domestic Priority Mail Varies No changes
International Priority Mail Varies Avg. 5.5% increase
First class flat (up to 1oz) $0.98 $0.98
Additional ounces for first-class flats $0.21 $0.22
First class package Varies Avg. 5.1% increase

Extra Services

SERVICE BEFORE MAY 31 AFTER MAY 31
Tracking (except Std. Mail) Varies $0.00 (free with IMB and IMPB USPS Tracking)
Standard Mail Tracking $0.23 $0.36
Electronic Certified Mail $1.30 $1.35
Electronic Return Receipt $1.35 $1.40
Retail Return Receipt $2.70 $2.80
Electronic Signature Confirmation for packages $2.90 $3.00
Retail Signature Confirmation for packages $2.35 $2.45

 

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