2015 USPS Price Change News

The U.S. Postal Service price change came into effect on May 31st, 2015 and below is everything you need to know incase you missed the changes.USPS-logo

Summary of what has changed:-

  • USPS Postal Rate Chart May 2015
  • First-Class® letter meter rate will increase from $0.480 to $0.485
  • There is no increase to the retail rate of $0.49 for First-Class letter stamps
  • The Postcard price will increase from $0.34 to $0.35
  • Priority Mail® International and Priority Mail Express® International prices will increase
  • The prices for Priority Mail International to Canada will be determined based upon Zone, not just weight. Visit USPS Priority Mail International to Canada Price Zone Code Entry Instructions for details. 

First Class Letters & Postcards

The cost to send a one ounce First Class Letter HAS NOT INCREASED and will remain $0.49. Additional ounces will cost $0.22, a one cent increase from 2014. Postcard rates HAVE increased by one cent to $0.35, from $0.34 in 2014.

If you print postage online or use a postage meter, the “Metered Mail” rate for a one ounce First Class Letter has INCREASED by $0.005 to $0.485 from $0.48. The Metered Mail rate is a discount provided to users who print postage online and through a postage meter.

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Priority Mail Express

For Priority Mail Express packages, rates DID NOT INCREASE in 2015.

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Priority Mail Express Flat Rate Boxes & Envelopes
For Priority Mail Express Flat Rate Envelopes and the Flat Rate Box, rates DID NOT INCREASE in 2015.

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Priority Mail
For Priority Mail packages, rates DID NOT INCREASE in 2015. As a reminder, Priority Mail rates were reduced in September 2014. With 2 day delivery to over 90% of U.S. addresses and improved tracking, Priority Mail is a great shipping option for e-commerce sellers.

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Priority Mail Flat Rate Boxes & Envelopes
For Priority Mail Flat Rate Boxes and Envelopes, rates will NOT BE INCREASING for 2015.

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Priority Mail Regional Rate Boxes
For Priority Mail Regional Rate Boxes, rates DID NOT INCREASE for 2015. Regional Rate Boxes provide shippers a low cost option for packages traveling shorter distances.

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First Class Package Service
First Class Package Service will see an average increase of 5.1% in 2015. For packages that weigh 13 ounces or less, First Class Package Service remains the lowest cost option to ship a package to a U.S. address.

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Parcel Select (nonpresort)
Prices for Parcel Select (nonpresort), the U.S. Postal Service’s ground shipping product, will increase an average of 9.8% in 2015. While the average rate is increasing, the USPS did lower Parcel Select prices in some shipping zones.  In Zones 1 to 4 for packages weighing between 6 lbs. through 24 lbs, rates are decreasing by as much as $9.35 per package (15 lb., Zone 4). There are no price increases for Zones 1 to 4 for packages weighing 25 lbs. through 70 lbs.

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Media Mail
Media Mail rates DID SEE an average increase of 6.2% in 2015. For books, videos and other products that qualify, Media Mail remains a great low cost shipping option.

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First Class Letters & Postcards – International
The cost to send a one ounce First Class Letter to an international destination INCREASED BY five cents, to $1.20 from $1.15. Postcard rates will increase by five cents, to $1.20 from $1.15 in 2014.

First Class Package International Service
The overall increase for First Class Package International Service WAS 7.2% in 2015.  The average price increased by pound are:

  • Up to 1 lb. – Average increase of $0.66
  • Up to 2 lbs. – Average increase of $1.29
  • Up to  3 lbs. – Average increase of $1.65
  • Up to 4 lbs. – Average increase of $2.01

First Class Package International Service remains the cheapest option among all carriers to ship internationally. It also includes tracking for the most popular countries including the U.K., Australia and Canada.

Priority Mail International
The overall increase for Priority Mail International is 5.5% in 2015. Additionally, the USPS is introduced a Zone-based pricing for Priority Mail International packages traveling to Canada. Canada is now split into 7 zones with rates ranging from $30.75 to $37.50 for a 1 lb. package.

Priority Mail Express International
The overall increase for Priority Mail Express International was 6.7% in 2015.

Global Express Guaranteed
The overall increase for Global Express Guaranteed was 7.2% in 2015.

 


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