The United States Postal Service (USPS) recently announced proposed price changes to take effect January 27, 2019. The USPS has been granted the authority to raise their rates. Although the USPS has indicated that the first‐class price is going up 10%, many bulk mail categories are only going up 1% or less.
Changes to First-Class Mail®
- Price increase for First-Class Metered Mail, from $0.47 to $.50
- First-Class commercial Base Pricing remains:
- 5-Digit – 0.383
- AADC – 0.412
- Mixed AADC -0.428
- Presorted – 0.459
- Presorted non machinable -0.609
- First-Class Mail® retail stamp price increase from $0.50 to $.55
- First-Class Mail® single piece post cards $0.35 (no change)
- First-Class Presort:
- Average increase for First-Class Mail is +2.464%
- Average increase for Priority Mail is +5.9%
Changes to USPS Marketing Mail
- Average increase in Marketing Mail pricing +2.482%
- Average increase in Parcels +2.2%
Changes to other Mailing Products and Services
New pricing to affect several services, with average increases as follows:
- Package Services + 2.522%
- Special Services + 2.5212%
If you have any questions new rates, feel free to call your Account Manager or Client Relations for more information.
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