United States Postal Services Announces New Rates for 2018
On January 21, 2018, new postage rates will go into effect. How it will affect you depends on what you mail and what class of mail you choose. Most rate categories will increase between 1% and 2%. However, flat rates for non-profit mailers being mailed at a 5 digit barcode rate will enjoy a decrease as will first class automation flat size pieces. As a note, the mail class know as Standard Rate mail will now be referred to as USPS Marketing Mail.
The cost of a first class stamp will go from 49 cents to 50 cents per piece. However, the rate for metering first class mail less than 1 ounce will be $0.47 per piece, which is an increase from $0.46 per piece. Postcard size pieces (between 3.5 X 5 up to 4.25 X 6) will increase from $0.34 to $0.35 per piece.
In an effort to continue to be competitive in the small package delivery service the USPS increase of 3.9% on Priority Mail is less than other third party package shippers. The USPS continues to find growth in package delivery due to Amazon volume and online sales.
For more information on the rate change and details, please click here to see the USPS Overview of Proposed Key Changes.
To further discuss rates or to ensure your mail piece meets USPS specifications, please click on the CONTACT US link at the top right of this page.
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