Current and New USPS® Postage Rates

Your resource for essential postal rate information.

PRC Approves USPS's 2021 Rates

It's official! The PRC has approved the USPS's proposed 2021 rates. Find out what is and is not changing.

Get the Scoop

Get Our USPS 2021 Rate Guide

Download our handy 2021 USPS Rate Guide to make sure you stay updated this rate change.

Download Guide

Don't Miss New Rate
Change Updates

Stay up-to-date on the latest rate change news with Quadient. Sign up and never miss an update.

Sign Up

First-Class Mail®:

Product
2020
2021
Letters - 1 oz. (Retail)
2020:$0.55
2021:$0.55
Letters - 1 oz. (Metered)
2020:$0.50
2021:$0.51
Letters - Additional Ounces (Retail)
2020:$0.70 - $1.00
2021:$0.75 - $1.15
Letters - Additional Ounces (Metered)
2020:$0.65 - $0.95
2021:$0.71 - $1.11
Large Envelope (Flat) - 1 oz.
2020:$1.00
2021:$1.00
Domestic Postcards
2020:$0.35
2021:$0.36

Certified Mail®:

The rates for Certified Mail will be seeing an increase in 2021 of 5 cents. There will also be an increase of 5 cents to Return Receipt's Retail Electronic price as well. Return Receipt's Retail Hard Copy price will be remaining the same in 2021. While there are some increases, there are some ways to mitigate the impact of these increases on your business.

This means that as of January 24, 2021, it will cost $7.00 to send a First-Class Letter as Certified Mail with a hard copy Return Receipt. This breaks down to:

  • $0.55 for the Stamp
  • $3.60 for Certified Mail®
  • $2.85 for Return Receipt Hard Copy
While the 5 cents increase could shake a few mailrooms, there are ways you can beat the rate increase. The first is to use a Postage Meter, bringing the cost of a First-Class Letter down to 51 cents. Another way is to use electronic Return Receipt. Even though the cost will be increasing to $1.75, using the electronic version of Return Receipt is will be saving you $1.10 overall. There are also software to help automate the process such as e-Certify that can digitize the process of sending Certified Mail and cut costs by using electronic Return Receipt.

Product
2020
2021
Certified Mail®
2020:$3.55
2021:$3.60
Certificate of Mailing
2020:$1.50
2021:$1.55
Return Receipt - Hard Copy
2020:$2.85
2021:$2.85
Return Receipt - Electronic
2020:$1.70
2021:$1.75
Signature Confirmation®
2020:$3.15
2021:$3.20

The complete Postal Service price filings with the new prices for all USPS products can be found on the USPS website. If you want to keep up with any rate change updates, you can check out the QuadientDirect Blog. To receive alerts on all USPS postage rate changes, subscribe to our newsletter Quadient Connections.

SUBSCRIBE

Priority Mail® Flat Rate:

The most popular USPS service, Priority Mail®, is seeing an average increase of 2.8% for their Flat Rate service. Priority Mail's prices are adjusted to market conditions and are meant to compete with the UPS®, FedEx®, and other carriers. Although Priority Mail® Flat Rate prices are going up, it is still a great value to shippers. It's one of the main reason that the Postal Service does not add surcharges for fuel, residential delivery, or regular Saturday or holiday season delivery. We've highlighted some of the main Priority Mail® Flat Rate price changes below to flat-rate boxes.

Product
2020
2021
Small Flat Rate Box
2020:$8.30
2021:$8.45
Medium Flat Rate Box
2020:$15.05
2021:$15.50
Large Flat Rate Box
2020:$21.10
2021:$21.90
APO/FPO/DPO Large Flat Rate Box
2020:$19.60
2021:$20.40
Regular Flat Rate Envelope
2020:$7.75
2021:$7.95
Legal Flat Rate Envelope
2020:$8.05
2021:$8.25
Padded Flat Rate Envelope
2020:$8.40
2021:$8.55

Priority Mail Express® Flat Rate:

Priority Mail Express® guarantees delivery of your packages 365 days a year. Like Priority Mail® Flat Rate, you can send items in flat rate boxes or your packaging. This service is not seeing an increase in 2021.

Product
2020
2021
Flat Rate Envelope
2020:$26.35
2021:$26.35
Legal Flat Rate Envelope
2020:$26.50
2021:$26.50
Padded Flat Rate Envelope
2020:$26.95
2021:$26.95

If you are looking to save on Priority Mail costs this year (who isn't), look into printing shipping labels to get discounted rates. Customers who use shipping software to print labels get discounted shipping rates known as Commercial Base pricing when they ship items using Priority Mail®, Priority Mail Express®, or First-Class Package Service.

We are here to help you find what you need this rate change season to help minimize the impact of these increases on your business and budget. That's why we've got resources online, over the phone, and even in person!

Find out more about the USPS Rate Change by visiting our Rate Change blog. You can also sign up for alerts delivered right to your inbox or follow us on social media like Facebook and LinkedIn.

The USPS® has been putting on Promotions & Incentive Programs since 2012 as a way to encourage marketers, printers, and mailers to take advantage of innovative ways to add value to their mail—all while gaining postal discounts. This 2020-2021 season is no different. The USPS has released a slew of promotions around different mail innovations including Informed Delivery, Mobile Shopping and more.

Check out all the details below and see how your business can leverage promotions for improved customer engagement and discounted prices.

Postal Promotions

FedEx Ground & Home Delivery®:

Weight
Zone 2
Zone 3
Zone 4
Zone 5
Zone 6
Zone 7
Zone 8
1 lb. or Less
Zone 2:$8.76
Zone 3:$9.09
Zone 4:$9.91
Zone 5:$10.35
Zone 6:$10.71
Zone 7:$10.83
Zone 8:$11.01
2 lbs.
Zone 2:$9.42
Zone 3:$10.48
Zone 4:$11.33
Zone 5:$11.58
Zone 6:$12.08
Zone 7:$12.54
Zone 8:$12.75
3 lbs.
Zone 2:$9.90
Zone 3:$11.04
Zone 4:$11.94
Zone 5:$12.43
Zone 6:$12.94
Zone 7:$13.38
Zone 8:$14.03
4 lbs.
Zone 2:$10.19
Zone 3:$11.11
Zone 4:$12.32
Zone 5:$13.12
Zone 6:$13.48
Zone 7:$14.36
Zone 8:$15.03
5 lbs.
Zone 2:$10.46
Zone 3:$11.62
Zone 4:$12.75
Zone 5:$13.70
Zone 6:$14.29
Zone 7:$15.02
Zone 8:$16.02

FedEx 2Day®:

Weight
Zone 2
Zone 3
Zone 4
Zone 5
Zone 6
Zone 7
Zone 8
1 lb. or Less
Zone 2:$20.04
Zone 3:$20.89
Zone 4:$21.78
Zone 5:$25.16
Zone 6:$30.63
Zone 7:$32.67
Zone 8:$33.34
2 lbs.
Zone 2:$20.85
Zone 3:$21.92
Zone 4:$22.63
Zone 5:$27.33
Zone 6:$34.53
Zone 7:$38.33
Zone 8:$40.34
3 lbs.
Zone 2:$21.20
Zone 3:$22.63
Zone 4:$23.95
Zone 5:$30.09
Zone 6:$39.68
Zone 7:$44.40
Zone 8:$46.28
4 lbs.
Zone 2:$21.84
Zone 3:$23.41
Zone 4:$25.93
Zone 5:$35.13
Zone 6:$45.85
Zone 7:$50.70
Zone 8:$52.67
5 lbs.
Zone 2:$22.50
Zone 3:$24.17
Zone 4:$28.19
Zone 5:$39.03
Zone 6:$51.21
Zone 7:$56.49
Zone 8:$59.92

FedEx Standard Overnight®:

Weight
Zone 2
Zone 3
Zone 4
Zone 5
Zone 6
Zone 7
Zone 8
1 lb. or Less
Zone 2:$29.05
Zone 3:$39.59
Zone 4:$53.82
Zone 5:$60.41
Zone 6:$65.47
Zone 7:$71.16
Zone 8:$75.02
2 lbs.
Zone 2:$30.98
Zone 3:$42.36
Zone 4:$61.89
Zone 5:$68.15
Zone 6:$75.37
Zone 7:$81.50
Zone 8:$86.97
3 lbs.
Zone 2:$33.67
Zone 3:$44.80
Zone 4:$68.64
Zone 5:$75.50
Zone 6:$80.55
Zone 7:$89.69
Zone 8:$95.07
4 lbs.
Zone 2:$36.32
Zone 3:$47.50
Zone 4:$74.36
Zone 5:$82.74
Zone 6:$91.29
Zone 7:$97.61
Zone 8:$104.09
5 lbs.
Zone 2:$36.96
Zone 3:$47.91
Zone 4:$79.10
Zone 5:$89.96
Zone 6:$93.30
Zone 7:$99.75
Zone 8:$105.37

FedEx® One Rate:

Size
Express Saver
2Day
Standard Overnight
Envelope
Express Saver:$8.90 - 11.55
2Day:$18.90 - 24.30
Standard Overnight:$26.95 - 39.60
Pak
Express Saver:$9.20 - 12.25
2Day:$22.00 - 26.20
Standard Overnight:$33.75 - 65.10
Small Box
Express Saver:$9.95 - 12.65
2Day:$22.00 - 26.60
Standard Overnight:$36.30 -72.50
Medium Box
Express Saver:$12.95 - 15.85
2Day:$23.25 - 44.25
Standard Overnight:$40.05 - 75.40
Large Box
Express Saver:$20.00 - 22.05
2Day:$25.20 - 55.50
Standard Overnight:$47.45 - 104.50
Extra Large Box
Express Saver:$32.35 - 46.75
2Day:$35.65 - 86.00
Standard Overnight:$53.85 - 145.25
Tube
Express Saver:$32.35 - 46.75
2Day:$35.65 - 86.00
Standard Overnight:$53.85 - 145.25

Access to the full list of FedEx's affected services as well as download files is available on FedEx's Rate Change FAQ. You can also download the handy joint FedEx and UPS Rate Guide to have the guide available anytime. If you want to keep up with any rate change updates, you can check out the QuadientDirect blog. To receive alerts on all shipping carrier service rate changes, subscribe to our newsletter Quadient Connections.

The charts below contain UPS Service Retail Rates. UPS Service Daily Rates may be lower.

UPS Ground®:

Weight
Zone 2
Zone 3
Zone 4
Zone 5
Zone 6
Zone 7
Zone 8
1 lb. or Less
Zone 2:$10.49
Zone 3:$10.92
Zone 4:$11.38
Zone 5:$11.83
Zone 6:$12.22
Zone 7:$12.45
Zone 8:$12.56
2 lbs.
Zone 2:$11.14
Zone 3:$11.90
Zone 4:$12.53
Zone 5:$12.74
Zone 6:$13.02
Zone 7:$13.67
Zone 8:$14.84
3 lbs.
Zone 2:$11.15
Zone 3:$11.92
Zone 4:$12.55
Zone 5:$13.03
Zone 6:$13.52
Zone 7:$15.65
Zone 8:$18.59
4 lbs.
Zone 2:$11.18
Zone 3:$11.94
Zone 4:$12.57
Zone 5:$14.22
Zone 6:$16.33
Zone 7:$17.46
Zone 8:$19.90
5 lbs.
Zone 2:$11.20
Zone 3:$11.96
Zone 4:$12.71
Zone 5:$14.98
Zone 6:$17.25
Zone 7:$19.02
Zone 8:$20.85

UPS 3 Day Select®:

Weight
Zone 302
Zone 303
Zone 304
Zone 305
Zone 306
Zone 307
Zone 308
1 lb. or Less
Zone 302:$12.18
Zone 303:$14.04
Zone 304:$15.04
Zone 305:$17.35
Zone 306:$21.49
Zone 307:$23.18
Zone 308:$25.13
2 lbs.
Zone 302:$12.88
Zone 303:$14.88
Zone 304:$16.30
Zone 305:$19.11
Zone 306:$23.76
Zone 307:$25.91
Zone 308:$29.53
3 lbs.
Zone 302:$13.70
Zone 303:$15.64
Zone 304:$17.82
Zone 305:$21.27
Zone 306:$27.61
Zone 307:$29.98
Zone 308:$33.67
4 lbs.
Zone 302:$15.08
Zone 303:$17.23
Zone 304:$18.59
Zone 305:$23.83
Zone 306:$29.18
Zone 307:$32.82
Zone 308:$37.29
5 lbs.
Zone 302:$15.99
Zone 303:$18.47
Zone 304:$20.29
Zone 305:$25.98
Zone 306:$32.65
Zone 307:$36.26
Zone 308:$41.17

UPS 2nd Day Air®:

Weight
Zone 202
Zone 203
Zone 204
Zone 205
Zone 206
Zone 207
Zone 208
Letter
Zone 202:$19.07
Zone 203:$19.77
Zone 204:$20.62
Zone 205:$22.81
Zone 206:$27.52
Zone 207:$28.97
Zone 208:$30.22
1 lb. or Less
Zone 202:$19.29
Zone 203:$20.12
Zone 204:$20.97
Zone 205:$23.35
Zone 206:$28.66
Zone 207:$30.27
Zone 208:$30.86
2 lbs.
Zone 202:$19.63
Zone 203:$20.25
Zone 204:$21.38
Zone 205:$25.27
Zone 206:$32.28
Zone 207:$34.85
Zone 208:$36.65
3 lbs.
Zone 202:$19.95
Zone 203:$21.19
Zone 204:$22.63
Zone 205:$27.92
Zone 206:$37.05
Zone 207:$40.38
Zone 208:$42.05
4 lbs.
Zone 202:$20.55
Zone 203:$21.90
Zone 204:$24.49
Zone 205:$32.05
Zone 206:$42.09
Zone 207:$46.09
Zone 208:$47.84
5 lbs.
Zone 202:$21.16
Zone 203:$22.63
Zone 204:$26.62
Zone 205:$35.51
Zone 206:$47.00
Zone 207:$51.35
Zone 208:$54.42

UPS Next Day Air®:

Weight
Zone 102
Zone 103
Zone 104
Zone 105
Zone 106
Zone 107
Zone 108
Letter
Zone 102:$25.51
Zone 103:$30.39
Zone 104:$38.59
Zone 105:$40.73
Zone 106:$41.34
Zone 107:$45.04
Zone 108:$47.34
1 lb. or Less
Zone 102:$31.21
Zone 103:$46.57
Zone 104:$59.39
Zone 105:$65.99
Zone 106:$70.36
Zone 107:$76.01
Zone 108:$79.08
2 lbs.
Zone 102:$32.69
Zone 103:$49.05
Zone 104:$64.24
Zone 105:$71.55
Zone 106:$76.29
Zone 107:$81.03
Zone 108:$87.24
3 lbs.
Zone 102:$34.60
Zone 103:$51.53
Zone 104:$70.66
Zone 105:$80.33
Zone 106:$86.38
Zone 107:$92.12
Zone 108:$95.39
4 lbs.
Zone 102:$37.30
Zone 103:$54.03
Zone 104:$79.04
Zone 105:$87.94
Zone 106:$91.26
Zone 107:$100.07
Zone 108:$103.80
5 lbs.
Zone 102:$38.12
Zone 103:$56.51
Zone 104:$80.76
Zone 105:$88.83
Zone 106:$94.11
Zone 107:$100.96
Zone 108:$106.28

Access to the full list of UPS's affected services is available on UPS's Rate Change Update Page. You can also download the joint FedEx and UPS Rate Guide to have access to the full list of rates and zones. If you want to keep up with any rate change updates, you can check out the QuadientDirect blog. To receive alerts on all shipping carrier service rate changes, subscribe to our newsletter Quadient Connections.

The Intelligent Mail Package Barcode (IM®pb) is the Postal Service's next-gen tracking barcode for parcels and extra services. The barcodes provide you with complete visibility to your package status – from the moment you send your package up to the moment it's delivered. Plus, since the IM®pb labels help make the Postal Service more efficient, they pass along those benefits to you, the shipper, in the form of Commercial Base pricing discounts. The discounted rates are accessible only through the creation of shipping labels generated from online shipping software such as NeoShip.

For more information on Commercial Based Pricing discounts and how you can get them go to our full IM®pb FAQ page.

IM®pb FAQ