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[Updated] Postal Service Rate Changes Went Into Effect January 2017

November 2, 2016
Author: Renee Bingling

The U.S. Postal Service® announced new rates for both mailing and shipping services effective January 22, 2017. The new rates affected First-Class Mail, Standard Mail, Periodical products, Package Service products and Special Services.

We've provided a summary of the changes below. For more detail read the official approval from the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC).


Which Mailing Services Rates Have Changed?



  • The price for First-Class® Mail letters (1 oz.) increased from 47 cents to 49 cents.
  • The price for First-Class Mail Flats increased from 94 cents to 98 cents.
  • First-Class Parcels (Retail) generally increased by .624 percent but parcels between 0 to 4 oz remained at $2.67.
  • Overall, Media Mail and Library Mail both increased by 1.135 percent.
  • Signature Confirmation™ increased overall by 3.5 percent.

  • Collect on Delivery increased overall by 2.5 percent.

  • Return Receipt increased overall by 2.9 percent.

  • Certificate of Mailing increased overall by 6.1 percent.

There is a silver lining for postage meter users. While the price of stamps will increase to 49 cents, metered mail will see a reduction to 46 cents, increasing the meter discount on First-Class Mail to 6% for a 1oz letter. 


  • The First-Class Mail Parcels (Retail) additional ounce price changed from 19 cents to 18 cents.
  • First-Class mailers can mail up to 3.5 oz. letters for the same price as a 1 oz. letter for presorted mail. What this means is that you will be given the opportunity to mail more at the same price as 1 oz.  


Which Shipping Services Rates Will Change?


Priority Mail Express®:

  • Priority Mail Express Prices increased 3.3 percent and will continue to be offered on zoned Retail, Commercial Base® and Commercial Plus® pricing tiers.
  • Retail prices increased an average of 3.7 percent.
  • Flat Rate envelope price increased to $23.75 and the Legal Flat Rate envelope increased to $23.95. The Padded Flat Rate envelope increased to $24.45.
  • Commercial Base prices increased by an average of 2.4 percent.

Priority Mail®:

  • Priority Mail prices increased by an average of 3.9 percent and will also continue to be offered on zoned Retail, Commercial Base, and Commercial Plus pricing tiers.
  • Priority Mail Retail prices cost .4 percent less than its Priority Mail Express counterpart, as it only increased by  3.3 percent.
  • The Flat-Rate Envelope price increased to $6.65 and the Legal Flat-Rate envelope increased to $6.95. The Padded Flat-Rate Envelope increased to $7.20. The price for the small Flat Rate box was raised to $7.15, the medium Flat Rate box was increased to $13.60 and the large Flat Rate Box increased to $18.85.
  • Commercial Base Prices increased by an average of 4.1 percent, which is 1.7 percent lower than its Priority Mail Express International equivalent.

First-Class Package Service

Generally, First-Class Package Service increased by 4.1 percent.

Parcel Select:

  • Parcel Select non-lightweight increased by an average of 3.5 percent, while Parcel Select Lightweight increased by an average of 8 percent.
  • The prices for Parcel Select Ground ™ increased by an average of 2.7 percent.

USPS Retail Ground

Overall, prices for USPS Retail Ground increased by an average of 3.8 percent.



Parcel Return Service

On average, the price for Parcel Return Service has increased by an average of 5.5 percent.

Adult Signature Service:

Adult Signature Required and Adult Signature Restricted Delivery Service prices has increased by 3.5 and 3.4 percent respectively.  The price for Adult Signature Required has increased to $5.90 and Adult Signature Restricted Delivery has increased to $6.15.

USPS Package Intercept

The fee for USPS Package Intercept has increased by 3.2 percent to $12.95.

Certified Mail

The retail rate of certified Mail is $3.35.

Media Mail

1 lb. single-piece Media Mail costs $2.63

Library Mail

1 lb. single-piece Library Mail costs $2.50

Return Receipt

The retail rate for Return Receipt Electronic is $1.45 and $2.75 for Return Receipt - Retail.




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