The USPS has proposed new postage rates to be implemented on Sunday, January 27, 2019,

Download our summary of the new rates below:

Postage Rate Summary          Entire USPS Price List

Below are the highlights of the proposed 2019 USPS rate increase for customers buying postage online:

First Class Mail Letters

  • The First Class Mail letter (1 oz.) rate for postage purchased at the Post Office is increasing by five cents to $0.55 from $0.50.
  • Each additional ounce for a First Class Mail letter will cost an extra $0.15 (a decrease from $0.21 in 2018).
  • First Class Mail Flats/Large Envelope rates are not increasing in 2019, remaining at $1.00 (1 oz.), with additional ounces costing $0.15.
  • Postcard rates are also not increasing in 2019, remaining at $0.35.
  • Customers who print postage online (via Stamps.com), the Metered Mail rate will now be a 5 cent discount compared to the Post Office price with rates increasing to $0.50 in 2019 from $0.47 currently.
  • Each additional ounce will cost an extra $0.15 in 2019, a decrease from $0.21 currently.
  • The five cent 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 Weight20192018Increase
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)
$1.15$1.15$0.00

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 $0.72 depending on the envelope used.
Priority Mail Express Flat Rate – 2019 Rates
(Commercial Base Pricing)
INCREASE PER PACKAGE – 2019 rates vs. 2018 rates
Mailpiece20192018Increase
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 currently.
  • Heavier weights for Priority Mail are seeing a rate decrease.  For packages weighing between 11 lbs. and 70 lbs., all shipping zones are seeing lower rates compared to 2018.  Cost savings range from $0.11 (11 lbs. Zone 1/2 = $10.67) to $1.37 savings (70 lbs. Zone 8 = $184.51) compared to 2018.
  • Medium weight packages (4 lbs. to 10 lbs.), traveling to Zone 5 and higher are seeing a decrease in rates compared to 2018, with costs being reduced by $0.17 (7 lbs. Zone 5 = $15.43) to $0.63 (5 lbs. Zone 8 = $20.40)
  • The Dimensional Weight (DIM) divisor for Priority Mail packages over 1 cubic foot (1728 cubic inches) is being adjusted from 194 to 166. UPDATE: The USPS has postponed the DIM divisor change until June 23, 2019.
  • 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 zone changes until June 23, 2019.
  • Commercial Plus Pricing has been eliminated.
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 five cents to $12.80 in 2019 from $12.85 currently.
  • Priority Mail Priority Mail Large Flat Rate Box is decreasing by five cents to $17.60 in 2019 from $17.65 currently.
  • Priority Mail Padded Flat Rate Envelope, a popular option for e-commerce sellers, is increasing by $0.45 to $7.55 in 2019 from $7.10 currently.
Priority Mail Flat Rate – 2019 Rates (Commercial Base Pricing)
INCREASE PER PACKAGE – 2019 rates vs. 2018 rates
Mailpiece20192018Increase
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 $0.55 (Zone 1/2 = $7.65) to $0.61 (Zone 5 = $8.76).
  • Packages traveling to farther shipping zones are seeing a smaller rate increase – going up by $0.26 (Zone 7 = $10.55) and to $0.40 (Zone 8 = $11.20)

Regional Rate Box B

  • Other than Zone 1/2 where the rate increase is $0.64, the increase is relatively small at $0.08 (Zone 3 = $8.50), $0.03 (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

First Class Package Service (Commercial Base Pricing)

  • Overall rates for First Class Package Service will increase by 11.9%.
  • Zone-based pricing is being added to First Class Package Service in 2019.
  • Any package going across the country (Zone 8) is seeing a significant rate increase going up from $0.43 (Zone 8 – 1 ounce = $3.09) to $1.43 (Zone 8 – 13 ounces = $5.53)
  • 13 ounce packages in particular are rising across all zones, increasing $0.84 (Zone 1/2 = $4.94) to $1.43 (Zone 8 = $5.53)
  • Heavier items weighing 15 ounces to 15.999 ounces are seeing a smaller increase, going from no increase at all (Zone 1/2 = $4.94) to $0.59 (Zone 8 = $5.53)
First Class Package Service – 2019 Rates (Commercial Base Pricing)
INCREASE PER PACKAGE – 2019 rates vs. 2018 rates
Mailpiece WeightZones
1 & 2
Zone
3
Zone
4
Zone
5
Zone
6
Zone
7
Zone
8
Zone
9
1 ounce$0.00$0.02$0.04$0.10$0.18$0.30$0.43$0.43
2 ounces$0.00$0.02$0.04$0.10$0.18$0.30$0.43$0.43
3 ounces$0.00$0.02$0.04$0.10$0.18$0.30$0.43$0.43
4 ounces$0.00$0.02$0.04$0.10$0.18$0.30$0.43$0.43
5 ounces$0.39$0.41$0.43$0.49$0.57$0.70$0.84$0.84
6 ounces$0.26$0.28$0.30$0.36$0.44$0.57$0.71$0.71
7 ounces$0.13$0.15$0.17$0.23$0.31$0.44$0.58$0.58
8 ounces$0.00$0.02$0.04$0.10$0.18$0.31$0.45$0.45
9 ounces$0.48$0.51$0.54$0.62$0.72$0.85$0.99$0.99
10 ounces$0.32$0.35$0.38$0.46$0.56$0.69$0.83$0.83
11 ounces$0.16$0.19$0.22$0.30$0.40$0.53$0.67$0.67
12 ounces$0.00$0.03$0.06$0.14$0.24$0.37$0.51$0.51
13 ounces$0.84$0.88$0.92$1.02$1.14$1.28$1.43$1.43
14 ounces$0.56$0.60$0.64$0.74$0.86$1.00$1.15$1.15
15 ounces$0.28$0.32$0.36$0.46$0.58$0.72$0.87$0.87
15.999 ounces$0.00$0.04$0.08$0.18$0.30$0.44$0.59$0.59

Parcel Select Ground (Commercial Base Pricing)

  • Shipping rates for Parcel Select Ground will decrease by an average of 1.3% in 2019.
  • For parcels weighing between 3 lbs. and 18 lbs. and traveling to farther zones (Zone 5-9), every cell is seeing a rate decrease in 2019.
  • Parcel Select Group is also seeing a rate decrease for all zones for parcels weighing between 21 to 70 pounds
  • The Dimensional Weight (DIM) divisor for Parcel Select Ground packages over 1 cubic foot (1728 cubic inches) is being adjusted from 193 to 166.
Parcel Select Ground – 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$0.30$0.18$0.29$0.31$0.28$0.25$0.20$0.20
2$0.22$0.26$0.38$0.20$0.04($0.30)($0.23)($0.23)
3$0.31$0.21($0.23)($0.20)($0.60)($0.34)($0.40)($0.40)
4$0.30$0.05$0.02($0.51)($0.67)($0.77)($0.88)($0.88)
5$0.30($0.27)($0.35)($0.52)($0.72)($0.84)($0.97)($0.97)
6$0.29($0.60)($0.59)($0.62)($0.27)($0.51)($0.60)($0.60)
7$0.01($0.33)($0.68)($0.36)($0.34)($0.55)($0.63)($0.63)
8($0.39)($0.16)($0.27)($0.71)($0.47)($0.57)($0.66)($0.66)
9$0.19($0.06)$0.11($0.75)($0.49)($0.59)($0.69)($0.69)
10$0.05$0.08$0.13($0.79)($0.51)($0.62)($0.73)($0.73)


Media Mail

  • Media Mail rates will increase by 2.95% in 2019.
  • A 1 lb. package traveling to Zone 8 will cost $2.75 in 2019 compared to $2.66 currently.
Media Mail – 2019 Rates
INCREASE PER PACKAGE – 2019 rates vs. 2018 rates
Weight
(lbs.)
20192018Increase
1$2.75$2.66$0.09
2$3.27$3.17$0.10
3$3.79$3.68$0.11
4$4.31$4.19$0.12
5$4.83$4.70$0.13
6$5.35$5.21$0.14
7$5.87$5.72$0.15
8$6.39$6.23$0.16
9$6.91$6.74$0.17
10$7.43$7.25$0.18