USPS Rate Change Guide: April 2016

Each year the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) changes rates across various mail classes and services.  Often concurrent with these rate changes, the USPS may introduce or eliminate products, such as a Flat Rate Box, or new regulations, such as presorted mail requirements. On April 10, 2016, the USPS® is decreasing postage rates by an average of 1 to 2 cents per mail piece, depending on the class of mail. This reduces most Mailing Services products, everything from First-Class® Mail to Standard® Mail. This rate change will not affect product features or regulations and other mail classes remain unchanged.
 

Key Highlights:

The average rate decreases for USPS products include:

    • First-Class Mail® decreasing by 4.1%
    • First-Class Mail International® decreasing by 3.8%
    • Media Mail® decreasing by 4.0%
    • Library Mail decreasing by 4.2%
    • Certified Mail® decreasing by 4.3%

 

How the Rate Reductions Stack Up

 

First-Class Mail Single-Piece

First-Class Mail Single-Piece Current Pricing April 10 Pricing
Letters (1 Oz) $0.49 $0.47
Metered Letter $0.485 $0.465
Single-Piece Flats $0.98 $0.94
Retail Parcels $2.54 $2.45
Postcards $0.35 $0.34
Letters Additional Ounces $0.22 $0.21
First-Class Mail International Global Forever Stamp $1.20 $1.15

 

First-Class Mail Bulk

First-Class Mail Bulk Current Pricing April 10 Pricing
Mixed AADC Automation Letters $0.439 $0.419
3-Digit Automation Letters $0.416 $0.399
5-Digit Automation Letters $0.391 $0.376

 

First-Class Package Service

First-Class Package Service (Weight) Current Pricing April 10 Pricing
1 oz. $2.54 $2.45
2 oz. $2.54 $2.45
3 oz. $2.54 $2.45
4 oz. $2.60 $2.60
5 oz. $2.60 $2.60
6 oz. $2.60 $2.60
7 oz. $2.60 $2.60
8 oz. $2.60 $2.60
9 oz. $3.30 $3.30
10 oz. $3.35 $3.35
11 oz. $3.40 $3.40
12 oz. $3.45 $3.45
13 oz. $3.50 $3.50
14 oz. $3.55 $3.55
15 oz. $3.60 $3.60
16 oz. $3.65 $3.65

 

Standard Mail

Standard Mail Current Pricing April 10 Pricing
Letters-5 Digit Auto Entered at Origin $0.266 $0.255
Flats-5-Digit Auto Flat Entered at Origin $0.392 $0.374
Carrier Route-Flat Entered at Origin $0.300 $0.288
High Density/Saturation Letters-Saturation Letter Entered at Origin $0.202 $0.194
High Density/Saturation Flats-Saturation Flat Entered At Origin $0.214 $0.205
EDDM-Retail $0.183 $0.176

 

Standard Mail – Non-Profit

Standard Mail – Non-Profit Current Pricing April 10 Pricing
Letters-5 Digit Auto Entered at Origin $0.147 $0.14
Flats-5-Digit Auto Flat Entered at Origin $0.249 $0.237
Carrier Route-Flat Entered at Origin $0.223 $0.214
High Density/Saturation Letters-Saturation Letter Entered at Origin $0.125 $0.120
High Density/Saturation Flats-Saturation Flat Entered at Origin $0.136 $0.131

 

Media Mail

Media Mail Current Pricing April 10 Pricing
Media Mail (1 lb.) $2.72 $2.61
Media Mail – each additional pound $0.50 $0.48

 

Domestic Extra Services

Domestic Extra Services Current Pricing April 10 Pricing
Certified Mail $3.45 $3.30
Return Receipt (Physical) $2.80 $2.70
Return Receipt (Electronic) $1.40 $1.35
Signature Confirmation $2.45 $2.35
Fragile (Special Handling) $10.35 $9.95

 

Mailing Methods will update all service offerings with the new prices and applicable regulations to ensure our customers are compliant and print postage correctly. We are committed to providing our customers with all USPS options as soon as they are available. To learn more, get in touch with Mailing Methods today.
 
For a more detailed look at the rate changes, go to The United States Postal Service Postal Explorer.