USPS® Proposed January Rate Change
November 1, 2017
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On Friday, October 6, 2017, the United States Postal Service® (USPS®) submitted their proposed rate change cases for both the Market Dominant and Competitive product price lists to the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC), both with an intended effective date of Sunday, January 21, 2018 at 12:01am. The PRC has approved the proposal. Here are the details of the rate changes for some of the most popular mail classes.
Mailing Services: Product prices will increase an average of approximately 1.9%
The price of a First-Class Mail Forever stamp will increase one cent. Meter users still receive a 3 cent discount.
Shipping Services: Product prices will increase an average of approximately 3.9%
Are you a NeoShip user? You’re eligible for Commercial Base Pricing (CBP).
What is CBP? In the notice, USPS® states, “The Commercial Base price category offers lower prices to customers using authorized postage payment methods.” With regards to the January rate change for Priority Mail®, “The Commercial Base prices will increase 6.2 percent on average. Commercial Base prices will, on average, reflect a 9.4 percent discount off of Retail prices.”
Priority Mail Express®
The price for the Retail Flat Rate Envelope, a significant portion of all Priority Mail Express volume, is increasing to $24.70 from $23.75.
Are you a NeoShip user? You’re eligible for Commercial Base Pricing.
With regards to the January rate change for Priority Mail Express®, the USPS® states, “The Commercial Base prices will increase 3.7 percent on average. Commercial Base prices will be set at an average 11 .3 percent discount off of Retail prices.”
If you're looking for more detail on a specific mail class, this resource by the USPS® lists all services and proposed pricing. Get more details in the latest press release from the USPS® and join our mailing list to keep up with the latest news about the rate change.
Please note that rates will not be available for download until early January, but they'll be ready in time for the rate change!