Shipping Price Hikes Proposed by Postal Service

by | Oct 12, 2018

Last Updated December 20, 2022

shippingThe United States Postal Service has proposed higher prices for its services creating an overall increase of 2.5% for its Mailing Services. If approved, the changes would take effect January 27, 2019. The notice of changes was filed with the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC).

Proposed Mailing Services price changes include:

Letters (1 oz.)
Letters additional ounces
Letters (metered 1 oz.)
Outbound International Letters (1 oz.)
Domestic Postcards
50 cents
21 cents
47 cents
35 cents
55 cents
15 cents
50 cents
35 cents

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Proposed domestic Priority Mail Retail Flat Rate price changes are:

Small Flat Rate Box
Medium Flat Rate Box
Large Flat Rate Box
APO/FPO Large Flat Rate Box
Regular Flat Rate Envelope
Legal Flat Rate Envelope
Padded Flat Rate Envelope

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The proposed price hikes would raise Mailing Services product prices about 2.5%, but Shipping Services price increases vary by product. For example, Priority Mail Express will increase by 3.9% and Priority Mail will increase by 5.9%.

The one decrease shown above is for the single-piece additional ounce price which will be reduced to 15¢ from 21¢.

The Postal Services’ Mailing Services price increases are based on the Consumer Price Index (CPI), whereas the Shipping Services prices are primarily adjusted according to market conditions.

The Governors of the Postal Service approved the price increases and think these new rates will keep the Postal Service competitive while providing the agency with much-needed revenue. It still must be reviewed and approved by the PRC.

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