Postal Changes for Meter & Online Postage Users

2020 USPS®Rate Change: What it means to you

 

 

 

Ways to save on USPS postage costs:

The following information lists the USPS rate changes and pricing that went into effect January 26, 2020. 

Automatically save 5¢ on every letter.  The 2019 unprecedented 5¢ savings on First-Class letters when you use your meter or SendPro Online account continues in 2020.  Whether you print postage using SendPro Online, our online solution, or with our postage meters, you save with the First-Class Mail Metered Letter rate. 

Continue to take advantage of unprecedented savings from 2019 on larger items you send.  Save up to 40.4% on larger envelopes and packages you mail -- like Priority Mail -- by printing complete IMpb USPS shipping labels (trackable labels) directly from a single device or right from your desk with our SendPro® solutions. The USPS shipping label qualifies you for the best pricing and detailed delivery history for Priority Mail® and other USPS package services.  These services have a Retail rate and a Commercial rate.  Shipping Labels printed from SendPro provide virtually the same benefits and packaging options as using labels for carriers like UPS® and FedEx®, along with a similar process.

Your Pitney Bowes sending device (meter) gives you complimentary access to SendPro Online.  Log in to take advantage of these savings.

Items that are eligible for shipping label:

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Consider First-Class Package Services.  First-Class Package Service (FCPS) continues to be a great shipping alternative as a lightweight (less than 1lb.) offering primarily used by businesses for fulfillment purposes. FCPS allows you to send packages weighing less than one pound and save 31% or more vs. Priority Mail.

Fold your documents.  You can save up to $0.60 per mail piece just by folding your pages in half and using a letter-sized envelope.  A document weighing 3.4 oz that you put unfolded into a Flat envelope costs $1.60.  If you were to fold those pages in half and use a 6” x 9.5” envelope, you’d only pay $1.00.  It’s that simple.  Check out our Relay folder inserting systems if you are processing a lot of mail that needs to be stuffed into envelopes.

DIM Weighting.  Your packaging matters.  Lighter weight, lower density packages are comparatively less profitable for carriers because they take up so much space relative to the price charged per package (based on weight alone). Looking for ways to adjust this model, carriers started using dimensional (DIM) weight rates. DIM weight rates allow carriers like the USPS to establish a minimum charge for the cubic space a package occupies. DIM weight is calculated by multiplying the length by width by height of each package (in inches) divided by carrier divisor for shipments.  Please note that the USPS divisor changed to 166 in June 2019.Package dimensions

The following information lists USPS rate changes and pricing that went into effect January 26, 2020. 

Changes to First-Class Mail®:

  • The Metered mail discount continues to be 5¢ when compared to stamped letters (Retail).  First-Class Retail stamps remain 55¢ and First-Class Metered Mail Letters remain $0.50.
  • The “Additional Ounce” rate for First Class Letters remains $0.15.
  • First-Class Mail® Flats up to 1 ounce no price increase.  The Additional Ounce rate for Flats increases by 5¢ from $0.15 to $0.20 for each additional ounce above 1 oz.  Because of the increase in the additional ounce rate, 2 oz. to 13 oz., First-Class Flats are up to 21% more expensive than the 2019 rates.
  • There is no change to the price of First-Class Postcards

Changes to First-Class Packages:

  • For  2020, the FCPS-Retail and FCPS Commercial price categories will continue to have zone-based pricing introduced in 2019.
  • First-Class Package Service prices increase much less than they did last year.  Overall, First-Class Package Service prices will increase 2.6%, with a 3.9% increase for FCPS-Retail and an 2.2% increase for FCPS-Commercial.

Changes to Priority Mail®

  • Overall, Priority Mail prices increase 4.1%.
  • On average, Priority Mail Retail prices will increase 4.9%.
  • Priority Mail Commercial prices only increase an average of 2.8%
    • CBP will, on average, will reflect a 15.3% discount of Retail prices.

Changes to Priority Mail Express®

  • Overall, Priority Mail Express prices will increase 3.5%.
  • On average, Priority Mail Express Retail prices will increase 3.8%.
  • Priority Mail Express Commercial prices only increase an average of 2.2%.
    • Priority Mail Express Commerical will, on average, reflect a 13.8% discount of Retail prices.

View all 2020 USPS postage rate prices

The following information lists USPS rate changes and pricing that went into effect January 26, 2020.

Changes to First Class Mail®:

  • The Metered mail discount continues to be 5¢ when compared to stamped letters (Retail).  First-Class Retail stamps remain 55¢ and First-Class Metered Mail Letters remain $0.50.
  • The “Additional Ounce” rate for First Class Letters remains $0.15.
  • First-Class Mail® Flats up to 1 ounce no price increase.  The Additional Ounce rate for Flats increases by 5¢ from $0.15 to $0.20 for each additional ounce above 1 oz.  Because of the increase in the additional ounce rate, 2 oz. to 13 oz., First-Class Flats are up to 21% more expensive than the 2019 rates.
  • There is no change to the price of First-Class Postcards

First Class Mail – 2020 Rates vs. 2019 Rates

First-Class Mail Single-Piece Prices

2019

2020

Change

Letters 1 Oz.

$0.55

$0.55

$0.00

Metered Mail Letters 1 Oz.

$0.50

$0.50

$0.00

Letters Single-Piece Additional Ounce

$0.15

$0.15

$0.00

Flats/Large Envelope 1 Oz.

$1.00

$1.00

$0.00

Flats/Large Envelope Additional Ounce

$0.15

$0.20

$0.05

Single-Piece Cards (Postcards)

$0.35

$0.35

$0.00

 

Other Services – 2020 Rates vs. 2019 Rates

Select rates for Other Services

2019

2020

Change

Certified Mail™

$3.50

$3.55

$0.05

Return receipt - retail

$2.80

$2.85

$0.05

Return receipt - electronic

$1.60

$1.70

$0.10

MediaMail® – 1 lb. Single-Piece

$2.75

$2.80

$0.05

Library Mail – 1 lb. Single-Piece

$2.61

$2.66

$0.05

 

Changes to First-Class Packages:

  • For 2020, the FCPS-Retail and FCPS Commercial price categories will continue to have zone-based pricing introduced in 2019.
  • First-Class Package Service prices increase much less than they did last year.  Overall, First-Class Package Service prices will increase 2.6%, with a 3.9% increase for FCPS-Retail and an 2.2% increase for FCPS-Commercial.

First Class Package Service – Retail Parcels

Weight Not

Over (oz.)

Zones

1 & 2

Zone 3

Zone 4

Zone 5

Zone 6

Zone 7

Zone 8

Zone 9

1 - 4

$3.80

$3.85

$3.90

$3.95

$4.00

$4.05

$4.20

$4.20

5 - 8

$4.60

$4.65

$4.70

$4.75

$4.80

$4.90

$5.00

$5.00

9 - 12

$5.30

$5.35

$5.40

$5.45

$5.50

$5.65

$5.75

$5.75

13

$5.90

$5.95

$6.05

$6.15

$6.20

$6.40

$6.50

$6.50

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

First Class Package Service - Commercial Parcels 2020 (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

$2.74

$2.76

$2.78

$2.84

$2.93

$3.05

$3.18

$3.18

5 - 8

$3.21

$3.23

$3.25

$3.31

$3.39

$3.52

$3.67

$3.67

9 - 12

$3.93

$3.97

$4.00

$4.08

$4.18

$4.32

$4.46

$4.46

13 to 15.999

$5.04

$5.08

$5.12

$5.27

$5.40

$5.54

$5.70

$5.70

 

Changes to Priority Mail®

  • Overall, Priority Mail prices increase 4.1%.
  • On average, Priority Mail Retail prices will increase 4.9%.
  • Priority Mail Commercial prices only increase an average of 2.8%.
    • CBP will, on average, will reflect a 15.3% discount of Retail prices.

Select rates for Priority Mail®

2019 Retail Rates

2020 Retail Rates

 

2020 SendPro Rates

2020 SendPro Savings

Flat Rate Envelope

$7.35

$7.75

 

$7.15

7.7%

Legal Flat Rate Envelope

$7.65

$8.05

 

$7.45

7.5%

Padded Flat Rate Envelope

$8.00

$8.40

 

$7.75

7.7%

Small Flat Rate Box

$7.90

$8.30

 

$7.65

7.8%

Medium Flat Rate box

$14.35

$15.05

 

$13.20

12.3%

Large Flat Rate Box

$19.95

$21.10

 

$18.30

13.3%

APO/FPO/DPO Large Flat Rate Box

$18.45

$19.60

 

$16.80

14.3%

1 lb Package to Zone 2

$7.35

$7.50

 

$7.02

6.4%

10 lb Package to Zone 4

$19.60

$20.40

 

$12.16

40.4%

 

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

 $    7.02

 $    7.35

 $    7.56

 $    7.80

 $    7.98

 $       8.15

 $    8.42

 $  11.40

2

 $    7.64

 $    7.84

 $    8.12

 $    8.76

 $    9.99

 $    10.54

 $  11.19

 $  17.45

3

 $    7.84

 $    8.23

 $    8.59

 $    9.54

 $  12.15

 $    13.49

 $  15.74

 $  23.67

4

 $    7.94

 $    8.45

 $    9.07

 $  10.33

 $  14.16

 $    16.06

 $  18.14

 $  28.50

5

 $    8.04

 $    8.50

 $    9.39

 $  10.64

 $  16.14

 $    18.46

 $  21.01

 $  33.17

6

 $    8.15

 $    8.54

 $    9.50

 $  14.18

 $  18.47

 $    21.45

 $  24.52

 $  38.01

7

 $    8.39

 $    9.69

 $    9.74

 $  15.89

 $  20.46

 $    24.18

 $  27.55

 $  42.68

8

 $    8.45

 $  10.17

 $  11.49

 $  17.35

 $  22.47

 $    26.63

 $  30.94

 $  47.91

9

 $    9.28

 $  10.56

 $  11.97

 $  18.60

 $  24.45

 $    28.84

 $  34.40

 $  53.28

10

 $    9.76

 $  11.10

 $  12.16

 $  20.30

 $  26.67

 $    32.03

 $  37.78

 $  57.94

Changes to Priority Mail Express®

  • Overall, Priority Mail Express prices will increase 3.5%.
  • On average, Priority Mail Express Retail prices will increase 3.8%.
  • Priority Mail Express Commercial prices only increase an average of 2.2%.
    • Priority Mail Express Commerical will, on average, reflect a 13.8% discount of Retail prices.

Select rates for Priority Mail Express®

2019 Retail Rates

2020 Retail Rates

 

2020 SendPro Rates

2020 SendPro Savings

Flat Rate Envelope

$24.70

$25.50

 

$22.68

11.1%

Legal Flat Rate Envelope

$24.90

$25.70

 

$22.80

11.3%

Padded Flat Rate Envelope

$25.40

$26.20

 

$23.18

11.5%

1 lb. Package to Zone 2

$24.70

$25.60

 

$22.74

11.1%

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

$24.05

$26.35

$28.25

$30.05

$32.45

$43.95

1

$23.00

$25.20

$27.45

$31.20

$33.65

$35.65

$38.05

$51.50

2

$23.25

$27.05

$30.90

$36.00

$39.05

$41.20

$43.60

$59.05

3

$23.50

$28.95

$34.30

$40.85

$44.40

$46.80

$49.20

$66.55

4

$23.75

$30.80

$37.75

$45.65

$49.80

$52.35

$54.75

$74.10

5

$24.00

$32.70

$41.15

$50.50

$55.20

$57.95

$60.35

$81.65

6

$26.45

$35.95

$45.70

$55.55

$60.40

$63.55

$66.15

$89.50

7

$28.90

$39.20

$50.30

$60.60

$65.60

$69.15

$71.95

$97.35

8

$31.40

$42.50

$54.85

$65.60

$70.75

$74.75

$77.75

$105.20

9

$33.85

$45.75

$59.45

$70.65

$75.95

$80.35

$83.55

$113.05

10

$36.30

$49.00

$64.00

$75.70

$81.15

$85.95

$89.35

$120.90

Changes for Parcel Select:

  • On average, prices for destination-entered non-Lightweight Parcel Select, the Postal Service's bulk ground shipping product, will increase 2.5%
  • For destination delivery unit (DOU) entered parcels, the average price increase is 2% percent.
  • For destination sectional center facility (DSCF) destination entered parcels, the average price increase is 1.8%
  • For destination network distribution center (DNDC) parcels, the average price increase is 2.%.
  • Prices for Parcel Select Lightweight will increase by 4.2%
  • Parcel Select Ground will see a 3.9 percent price increase.
  • Dimensional weighting, which was introduced for all zones in 2019, will continue in 2020 with the DIM Weight divisor at 166 (changed in June 2019).

Parcel Select Ground 2020 Rates

Weight not over (lbs.)

1 & 2

Zone 3

Zone 4

Zone 5

Zone 6

Zone 7

Zone 8

Zone 9

1

$6.92

$7.25

$7.46

$7.65

$7.78

$7.90

$8.12

$8.12

2

$7.54

$7.74

$8.02

$8.61

$9.79

$10.29

$10.89

$10.89

3

$7.74

$8.13

$8.49

$9.34

$11.90

$13.19

$15.39

$15.39

4

$7.84

$8.35

$8.97

$10.13

$13.91

$15.76

$17.79

$17.79

5

$7.94

$8.40

$9.29

$10.44

$15.89

$18.16

$20.66

$20.66

6

$8.05

$8.44

$9.40

$13.98

$18.22

$21.15

$24.17

$24.17

7

$8.29

$9.59

$9.64

$15.69

$20.21

$23.88

$27.20

$27.20

8

$8.35

$10.07

$11.39

$17.15

$22.22

$26.33

$30.59

$30.59

9

$9.18

$10.46

$11.87

$18.40

$24.20

$28.54

$34.05

$34.05

10

$9.66

$11.00

$12.06

$20.10

$26.42

$31.73

$37.43

$37.43