Rate changes for online and
postage meter users

 

What do the 2021 USPS® rate changes mean for your business?

 

 

Save on  postage meter rates

Explore your options and discover new ways to cut mailing and shipping costs using the new rates effective January 24, 2021.
 

Save 4¢ on each letter automatically.

Automatically save 4¢ on every first First-Class letter you send when you use your meter or SendPro® Online account.
 

Take advantage of additional 2021 savings.

Save up to 40.3% on larger envelopes and packages you mail—including Priority Mail®—by printing complete, trackable IMpb USPS shipping labels with our SendPro solutions. Your Pitney Bowes meter gives you complimentary access to SendPro Online and qualifies you for the best discounts for Priority Mail and other package services, that you can’t get at the Post Office.
 

Items that are eligible for shipping label:

Types of shipping packages and envelopes


Consider First-Class Package Service

First-Class Package Service (FCPS) is a great shipping alternative for lightweight (< 1lb.) parcels, primarily used for fulfillment. FCPS offers savings of 30% or more over Priority Mail postage rates.

 

Lower your mailing costs

The increase in the additional ounce rate for letters means that a First-Class Letter could cost as much as 17% more in 2021. Here are some strategies to avoid this increase:

  • Reduce the number of pages going into the envelope by duplex printing (using both sides of each page). Our high-speed inkjet printers can print duplex at fully rated speeds.

  • Place your message directly on your documents in the form of a digital onsert and eliminate the need for extra expensive inserts.

  • Use our Mailstream on Demand outsourced print and mail service or Pitney Bowes Presort Services. We can automate your mailings for additional discounts and avoid the extra ounce fee.

 

Fold your documents

You can save up to $0.49 per mail piece just by folding your documents and using a letter-sized envelope. A document weighing 3.4 oz costs $1.60 unfolded in a flat rate envelope, but folded in a 6” x 9.5” envelope costs just $1.11. Our Relay folding inserting systems can help you process large batches of mail.

 

DIM weighting

Carriers started using dimensional (DIM) weight rates to defray the costs of shipping large but lightweight parcels—they establish a minimum charge for your parcel’s volume. DIM weight is calculated by multiplying the length by width by height of each package (in inches) divided by the carrier divisor.

Dimensional weight shipping formula


USPS rate changes and pricing that go into effect
January 24, 2021

 

Changes to First-Class Mail and other services

 

  • Metered mail discount is 4¢ per letter: First-Class Retail stamps remain 55¢, while First-Class Metered Mail Letters are 51¢.

  • The “additional ounce” rate for First-Class Letters increases 5¢ to 20¢.

  • There is no price increase for First-Class Mail Flats.

  • First-Class Postcards. prices increase 1¢ to ¢0.36.

 

First Class Mail – 2021 Rates vs. 2020 Rates

First-Class Mail Single-Piece Prices

2020

2021

Change

Letters 1 Oz.

$0.55

$0.55

$0.00

Metered Mail Letters 1 Oz.

$0.50

$0.51

$0.01

Letters Single-Piece Additional Ounce

$0.15

$0.20

$0.05

Flats/Large Envelope 1 Oz.

$1.00

$1.00

$0.00

Flats/Large Envelope Additional Ounce

$0.20

$0.20

$0.00

Single-Piece Cards

$0.35

$0.36

$0.01

 

Other Services – 2021 Rates vs. 2020 Rates

Select rates for Other Services

2020

2021

Change

Certified Mail™

$3.55

$3.60

$0.05

Return receipt - retail

$2.85

$2.85

$0.00

Return receipt - electronic

$1.70

$1.75

$0.05

MediaMail® – 1 lb. Single-Piece

$2.80

$2.89

$0.09

Library Mail

$2.66

$2.75

$0.09

 

Changes to First-Class Packages

 

  • Overall, First-Class Package Service prices will increase 6.2%, with a 4.8% increase for FCPS-Retail and an 6.5% increase for FCPS-Commercial.

  • Dimensional weighting, which was introduced for all zones in 2019, will continue with the DIM Weight divisor at 166.

  • A new $100 fee will be assessed on any parcels that exceed the maximum mailable size limit (combined length and girth greater than 130 inches).

 

First Class Package Service – Retail Parcels 2021

Weight Not

Over (oz.)

Zones

1 & 2

Zone 3

Zone 4

Zone 5

Zone 6

Zone 7

Zone 8

Zone 9

1 - 4

$4.00

$4.00

$4.00

$4.00

$4.00

$4.00

$4.00

$4.00

5 - 8

$4.10

$4.10

$4.10

$4.10

$4.10

$4.10

$4.10

$4.10

9 - 12

$4.15

$4.15

$4.15

$4.15

$4.15

$4.15

$4.15

$4.15

13

$4.20

$4.20

$4.20

$4.20

$4.20

$4.20

$4.20

$4.20

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

First Class Package Service - Commercial Parcels 2021 (SendPro Rates)

Weight Not

Over (oz.)

Zones

1 & 2

Zone 3

Zone 4

Zone 5

Zone 6

Zone 7

Zone 8

Zone 9

1 - 4

$3.01

$3.03

$3.06

$3.12

$3.22

$3.35

$3.49

$3.49

5 - 8

$3.46

$3.49

$3.51

$3.57

$3.58

$3.69

$3.85

$3.85

9 - 12

$4.04

$4.09

$4.12

$4.20

$4.38

$4.53

$4.68

$4.68

13 to 15.999

$5.19

$5.23

$5.27

$5.42

$5.66

$5.81

$5.98

$5.98

 

Changes to Priority Mail®

 

  • Overall, Priority Mail prices increase 3.5%.

  • On average, Priority Mail Retail prices increase 3.0%.

  • Priority Mail Commercial prices increase an average of 3.6%.
    • Commercial Base Pricing (CBP) will, on average, reflect a 14.4% discount of Retail prices.
       
  • Price increases are complex, varying based on zone and weight and increases range from 1% to 25%. SendPro MultiCarrier and SendPro Enterprise simplify shipping by helping you choose the right rate for every package you send.

  • A new $100 fee will be assessed on any parcels that exceed the maximum mailable size limit (combined length and girth greater than 130 inches).

 

Select rates for Priority Mail®

2020 Retail Rates

2021Retail Rates

 

2021 SendPro Rates

2021 SendPro Savings

Flat Rate Envelope

$7.75

$7.95

 

$7.15

6.9%

Legal Flat Rate Envelope

$8.05

$8.25

 

$7.45

6.7%

Padded Flat Rate Envelope

$8.40

$8.55

 

$7.75

6.4%

Small Flat Rate Box

$8.30

$8.45

 

$7.65

6.5%

Medium Flat Rate box

$15.05

$15.50

 

$13.20

11.3%

Large Flat Rate Box

$21.10

$21.90

 

$18.30

11.9%

APO/FPO/DPO Large Flat Rate Box

$19.60

$20.40

 

$17.80

12.7%

1 lb Package to Zone 2

$7.50

$7.70

 

$7.16

7.0%

10 lb Package to Zone 4

$20.40

$21.20

 

$12.65

40.3%

 

Priority Mail Commercial Base 2020 rates (SendPro rates)

Weight not over (lbs.)

L, 1&2

Zone 3

Zone 4

Zone 5

Zone 6

Zone 7

Zone 8

Zone 9

1

 $    7.16

 $    7.46

 $    7.67

 $    7.88

 $    8.34

 $       8.52

 $    8.80

 $  14.25

2

 $    7.79

 $    7.96

 $    8.24

 $    8.85

 $  10.44

 $    11.01

 $  11.69

 $  21.81

3

 $    8.00

 $    8.35

 $    8.72

 $    9.64

 $  12.70

 $    14.10

 $  16.45

 $  29.59

4

 $    8.10

 $    8.58

 $    9.21

 $  10.43

 $  14.80

 $    16.78

 $  18.96

 $  35.63

5

 $    8.20

 $    8.63

 $    9.53

 $  11.70

 $  16.87

 $    19.29

 $  21.96

 $  41.46

6

 $    8.31

 $    8.67

 $    9.64

 $  14.32

 $  19.39

 $    22.52

 $  25.75

 $  47.51

7

 $    8.73

 $    10.8

 $    10.13

 $  16.53

 $  21.48

 $    25.39

 $  28.93

 $  53.35

8

 $    8.79

 $  10.58

 $  11.95

 $  18.04

 $  23.58

 $    27.96

 $  32.49

 $  59.89

9

 $    9.65

 $  10.98

 $  12.45

 $  19.34

 $  25.67

 $    30.28

 $  36.12

 $  66.60

10

 $    10.15

 $  11.54

 $  12.65

 $  21.11

 $  28.00

 $    33.63

 $  39.67

 $  72.43

 

Changes to Priority Mail Express®

 

  • Overall, Priority Mail Express prices will increase 1.2%, and increase less than last year.

  • On average, Priority Mail Express Retail prices will increase 1.0%.

  • Priority Mail Express Commercial prices only increase an average of 2.5%.
    • Priority Mail Express Commercial will, on average, reflect a 14.1% discount of Retail prices.

  • Price increases are complex, varying based on zone and weight and increases range from no change to over 7%. SendPro MultiCarrier and SendPro Enterprise simplify shipping by helping you choose the right rate for every package you send.

  • A new $100 fee will be assessed on any parcels that exceed the maximum mailable size limit (combined length and girth greater than 130 inches).

 

Select rates for Priority Mail Express®

2019 Retail Rates

2020 Retail Rates

 

2020 SendPro Rates

2020 SendPro Savings

Flat Rate Envelope

$25.50

$26.35

 

$22.75

13.7%

Legal Flat Rate Envelope

$25.70

$26.50

 

$22.95

13.4%

Padded Flat Rate Envelope

$26.20

$26.95

 

$23.25

13.7%

1 lb. Package to Zone 2

$25.60

$26.75

 

$23.00

14.0%

Priority Mail Express Commercial Base 2020 rates (SendPro rates)

Weight not over (lbs.)

L, 1&2

Zone 3

Zone 4

Zone 5

Zone 6

Zone 7

Zone 8

Zone 9

0.5

$22.75

$23.30

$25.00

$27.45

$29.40

$31.40

$34.00

$46.15

1

$23.00

$25.20

$28.55

$32.45

$35.00

$37.25

$39.85

$54.05

2

$23.25

$27.05

$32.10

$37.50

$40.60

$43.05

$45.70

$62.00

3

$23.50

$28.95

$35.65

$42.50

$46.25

$48.90

$51.55

$69.90

4

$23.75

$30.80

$39.20

$47.55

$51.85

$54.70

$57.40

$77.85

5

$24.00

$32.70

$42.75

$52.55

$57.45

$60.55

$63.25

$85.75

6

$26.45

$35.95

$47.50

$57.80

$62.85

$66.40

$69.35

$94.00

7

$28.90

$39.20

$52.25

$63.05

$68.25

$72.25

$75.40

$102.25

8

$31.40

$42.50

$57.00

$68.30

$73.70

$78.10

$81.50

$110.45

9

$33.85

$45.75

$61.75

$73.55

$79.10

$83.95

$87.55

$118.70

10

$36.30

$49.00

$66.50

$78.80

$84.50

$89.80

$93.65

$126.95

 

Changes to Parcel Select®

 

  • On average, prices for destination-entered non-Lightweight Parcel Select, the Postal Service's bulk ground shipping product, will increase 8.9%, a significant jump from last year.

  • For destination delivery unit (DDU) entered parcels, the average price increase is 4.9%.

  • For destination sectional center facility (DSCF) entered parcels, the average price increase is 10.7%.

  • For destination network distribution center (DNDC) parcels, the average price increase is 9.7%.

  • Prices for Parcel Select Lightweight will increase by 20.0%.

  • Parcel Select Ground will see a 1.3 percent price increase.

  • Dimensional weighting, which was introduced for all zones in 2019, will continue with the DIM Weight divisor at 166.

  • A new $100 fee will be assessed on any parcels that exceed the maximum mailable size limit (combined length and girth greater than 130 inches).

 

Parcel Select Ground 2021 Rates

Weight not over (lbs.)

1 & 2

Zone 3

Zone 4

Zone 5

Zone 6

Zone 7

Zone 8

Zone 9

1

$7.01

$7.31

$7.52

$7.63

$7.84

$7.97

$8.15

$8.15

2

$7.59

$7.76

$8.04

$8.55

$9.79

$10.26

$10.79

$10.79

3

$7.75

$8.10

$8.47

$9.29

$11.80

$13.00

$15.05

$15.05

4

$7.85

$8.33

$8.96

$10.08

$13.90

$15.58

$17.56

$17.56

5

$7.95

$8.38

$9.28

$11.35

$15.97

$18.19

$20.56

$20.56

6

$8.06

$8.42

$9.39

$13.97

$18.49

$21.42

$24.35

$24.35

7

$8.33

$9.68

$9.73

$16.03

$20.33

$23.84

$27.08

$27.08

8

$8.39

$10.18

$11.55

$17.54

$22.44

$26.41

$30.64

$30.64

9

$9.25

$10.58

$12.05

$18.84

$24.52

$28.73

$34.27

$34.27

10

$9.65

$11.04

$12.15

$20.46

$26.55

$31.63

$37.27

$37.27