USPS® 2023 Shipping and Mailing Price Changes

The USPS has announced a proposed rate increase for letter mail, postcards, flats, other “market dominant” as well as competitive products that, if approved by the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC), will go into effect on January 22, 2023.

Mailing Services (Market Dominant)

First-Class Mail

Overall, the USPS is proposing a 4.2% increase to First-Class mailing prices. Savings for Metered letters remain at 3¢ per letter. Also, savings for Certified Mail with electronic return receipt remain $1.25 with no volume requirements.

  • 1-ounce Letters increase to $0.63
  • 1-ounce Metered Letters increase to $0.60
  • 1-ounce Flats increase to $1.26
  • Postcards increase to $0.48
  • Additional ounce rate for Letters and Flats remains $0.24
  • Certified Mail fee increases to $4.15
    • Total 1-ounce Certified Mail cost increases to $8.10 for Retail Return Receipt (Green Card)
    • Total 1-ounce Certified Mail cost will be $6.85 for electronic Return Receipt

Other Services

  • Single Piece Library Mail increases to $3.47 up to 1lb
  • Single Piece Media Mail increases to $3.67

First-Class Mail
Product
Current Price
Jan 2023
1oz. Letter $0.60 $0.63
1 oz. Letter (metered) $0.57 $0.60
Postcards $0.44 $0.48
1 oz. Flats $1.20 $1.26
Additional Ounce $0.24 $0.24

 

Certified Mail
Extra Services Current Price Jan 2023
Certified Mail $4.00 $4.15
Return. Receipt Retail $3.25 $3.35
Return. Receipt Electronic $2.00 $2.10

Shipping Services (USPS Competitive Products)

Commercial pricing is a great way to offset the peak increase by printing USPS shipping labels rather than using stamps or a meter tape for Priority Mail and Priority Mail Express. Access commercial pricing with a Pitney Bowes shipping solution.

 

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Priority Mail, Priority Mail Express, and First-Class Packages are increasing from 5.5% to 7.8% on average. Priority Mail Commercial pricing (pricing you get by printing the shipping label) only increases by 3.6%. First-Class Commercial packages still save 24% to 68% off Retail pricing.

Important Changes to Priority Mail, Priority Mail Express and First-Class Packages

  • Commercial Base and Commercial Plus categories are being consolidated for Priority Mail and Priority Mail Express
  • Regional Rate boxes and pricing are eliminated
  • Zone L, 1, and 2 pricing is being spilt to Zone 1 and Zone 2 pricing

 

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Rate Change

Priority Mail

Priority Mail Product 2022 Retail Price 2022 Commercial Price 2023 Retail Price 2023 Commercial Price Savings with Pitney Bowes
Flat Rate Envelope $9.90 $8.50 $9.65 $8.05 $1.60
Small Flat Rate Box $10.40 $9.00 $10.20 $8.55 $1.65
Medium Flat Rate Box $17.05 $15.00 $17.10 $14.75 $2.35
Large Flat Rate Box $22.45 $19.95 $22.80 $19.90 $2.90
APO/FPO/DPO Large Flat Rate Box $20.95 $18.45 $21.20 $18.35 $2.85
1lb Package to Zone 1 $9.00 $7.62 $9.35 $7.64 $1.71
2lb Package to Zone 1 $9.55 $8.27 $9.80 $8.23 $1.57

 

Priority Mail Cubic Pricing

Pricing is based on the dimensions of your packages, rather than the weight. It’s a service not available at the Post Office, and offers shippers an inexpensive, fast way to ship their small packages. You can expect a 1-3 business day deliver, like all Priority Mail services. The service also includes $100 of insurance at no extra cost.

2023 Priority Mail Commercial Cubic Rates (as of January 22, 2023)

Cubic Ft. Range Up To: Zone 1 Zone 2 Zone 3 Zone 4 Zone 5 Zone 6 Zone 7 Zone 8 Zone 9
0.10 $7.79 $7.91 $8.12 $8.37 $8.70 $9.54 $10.07 $10.85 $20.42
0.20 $8.23 $8.31 $8.45 $8.74 $9.39 $11.29 $11.97 $13.17 $27.59
0.30 $8.42 $8.58 $8.86 $9.25 $10.23 $13.74 $15.48 $18.45 $37.43
0.40 $8.55 $8.76 $9.16 $9.83 $12.38 $16.41 $19.31 $22.48 $46.99
0.50 $8.74
$8.95 $9.30 $10.27 $13.89 $18.32 $22.97 $26.76 $56.29

 

Priority Mail Express

If speed is what you need, then Priority Mail Express could be the right choice. It’s an overnight delivery even on Saturdays.

Priority Mail Express Product 2022 Retail Price 2022 Commerical Price 2023 Retail Price 2023 Commercial Price Savings with Pitney Bowes
Flat Rate Envelope $27.90 $24.25 $28.75 $24.90 $3.65
Legal Flat Rate Envelope $28.05 $24.50 $28.95 $23.75 $3.55
Padded Flat Rate Envelope $28.45 $24.70 $29.45 $25.35 $3.75
1lb Package to Zone 1 $27.70 $24.00 $29.20 $25.25 $3.95

 

First-Class Package Service

If your package weighs less than 1lb, then consider First-Class Package service. This service combines fast delivery times of 1-5 days with inexpensive prices.

First-class package service to Zone 1 2022 Retail Parcels 2022 Commercial Parcels 2023 Retail Parcels 2023 Commercial Parcels Savings with Pitney Bowes
1-4 oz. $4.80 $3.62 $4.75 $3.59 $1.16
5-8 oz. $5.40 $4.01 $5.40 $3.99 $1.41
9-12 oz. $6.10 $4.59 $6.15 $4.62 $1.53
13-15.999 oz. $7.35 (Only up to 13oz. Anything over 13oz is rated at Priority Mail rates) $5.74 $7.50 (Only up to 13oz. Anything over 13oz is rated at Priority Mail rates) $5.85 $1.65 to $3.50

How can you prepare to save on shipping and mailing costs in 2023?

We are here to help. Shipping is only getting more complex. It’s a great time to take a second look at the annual price increases for the carriers you use. Our Shipping 360 tools like PitneyShip and PitneyAnalytics can help you find the best carrier mix for your needs. We make it easy to include USPS pricing as part of your carrier mix and even offer special discounts below commercial pricing, as well as special discounts on packages you send with UPS. Let’s talk.

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These peak increase rates are available for download beginning Monday December. The rates will automatically update again on January 22, 2023, so no additional action will be required.