July 10, 2022 USPS® Price Changes

The USPS approved a rate change that will take effect July 10, 2022. The price changes affect mainly Market Dominant prices, which include First-Class Mail, USPS Marketing Mail, Periodicals, Package Services (Media Mail, Library Mail, and Bound Printed Matter), and Special Services.

The new rate changes will not affect most shipping rates that changed in January, but the special Priority Mail Cubic Pricing will now be available for anyone who uses Commercial pricing by printing the IMpb shipping label.

Pricing changes will vary by product.

In addition, the USPS is changing the way they perform the 3-digit origin to 3-digit destination zone determination. Shipping prices are not changing, however the zone might be different and that could affect the price you pay. You may notice no change, an increase or a decrease.

When is the next rate change?

We expect another holiday rate change for shipping services. No details have been released, but be sure to check back for the latest USPS news.

Select Rate Type

No matter how small, every USPS postage rate increase impacts your bottom line.

PitneyShip™ and SendPro® automatically update with the new USPS postal rates and provide automatic savings of 3¢ vs. stamps on First-Class Letters, and savings on larger items with Commercial Base Pricing – savings not available at the Post Office.

USPS Mailing rates

USPS postage rates that are changing:

  • The price of a First-Class stamp increases 2¢ to $0.60. The Metered mail rate, available to SendPro postage meter and PitneyShip online postage users, increases to $0.57.
  • Postage meter and online postage users will automatically save 3¢ on every First-Class letter they send vs. using stamps.
  • First-class Flats and Post cards increase 4¢.
  • The additional ounce rate for Letters and Flats increases to $0.24. You can reduce the weight of your mail by switching to duplex printing and/or by eliminating costly inserts in your envelopes.
  • Savings on Certified Mail by using Electronic Return Receipt vs. the traditional green card increase from $1.20 per piece to $1.25 per piece.
First-Class Mail Single Piece Prices
Current Price
$0.58
$0.53
$1.16
$0.20
$0.40
New Price
$0.60
$0.57
$1.20
$0.24
$0.44
Select rates for Other Services
Current Price
$3.75
$3.05
$1.85
$3.19
$3.03
New Price
$4.00
$3.25
$2.00
$3.49
$3.32

Cubic Pricing

What is Cubic Pricing?

Priority Mail Cubic (or “Cubic” pricing) is a service that was offered to high-volume shippers, that 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.

What’s new is the expanded access to Cubic Rates

  • Extended cubic pricing to Priority Mail Commercial Base. This means that if you print the IMpb label (pictured below) using SendPro or PitneyShip, then you can access these great rates.
  • The July 10 rate change also includes cubic pricing for Parcel Select Ground® packages up to 1 cubic foot.
IMpb Label

Automatically Save on Priority Mail Postage with Pitney Bowes.

Mail discounts offered by Pitney Bowes (Commercial Base Pricing) save up to 30.3% on USPS Retail prices.

You can automatically access CBP discounts by printing a trackable shipping (IMpb) label using a Pitney Bowes mailing and shipping solution.

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Priority Commercial Cubic Rates
Parcel selector ground cubic table

January 2022 USPS® shipping services. Postage rate change summary.

The USPS announced a rate change for Shipping Services, like Priority Mail, that will go into effect on January 9, 2022. The price adjustments will vary by product. The January rate change will not affect USPS mailing services like First-Class Letters, Postcards, and Marketing Mail. The Postal Service shipping services will continue to offer residential delivery or regular Saturday delivery without added surcharges.


 

Proposed USPS shipping services rates changing:

  • Priority Mail and Priority Mail Express will see an average increase of 3.1%.
  • The average Commercial savings for Priority Mail increase from 14.1% to 17.9%.
  • Parcel Select Ground Prices will decrease an average of 12.1%.
  • USPS Retail Ground rates will decrease an average of 7.4%.

 

USPS postage rates that are not changing:

  • First-Class Letters retail and metered rates, Flats, and Postcards
  • Postage meter and online postage users continue to automatically save 5¢ on every First-Class letter they send vs. using stamps
  • Marketing Mail, Commercial and Non-Profit
  • Library Mail, Media Mail, and Bound Printed Matter rates

 

When is the next rate change?

The next mailing services (Market Dominant) price adjustment is scheduled for July 2022.Then, beginning in January 2023, Market Dominant price adjustments will occur twice a year (e.g., January 2023, July 2023, January 2024, July 2024, etc.).

Market Dominant products include First-Class Mail, USPS Marketing Mail, Periodicals, Package Services (Media Mail, Library Mail, and Bound Printed Matter), and Special Services.

No matter how small, every USPS postage rate increase impacts your bottom line.

A SendPro®/PitneyShip™ sending solution automatically updates with the new USPS postal rate changes and provides automatic savings of 5¢ vs. stamps on First-Class Letters, and savings on larger items with Commercial Base Pricing – savings not available at the Post Office.

The below USPS shipping prices are effective January 9, 2022

USPS Priority Mail Rates

  • The average Commercial savings for Priority Mail increase from 14.1% to 17.9%.
  • Commercial Base Pricing savings are discounts you automatically access when you print shipping label using a Pitney Bowes solution vs. printing a meter tape.
  • The Pitney Bowes (Commercial Base Pricing) savings increase for many Flat-rate products and lighter-weight packages. For example, CBP savings for Priority Mail Flat Rate Envelope increase from $0.55 to $1.20 just by printing a trackable label.
Priority Mail Product
2022 Retail Price
$8.95
$9.45
$16.10
$21.50
$8.70
$10.70
2022 Pitney Bowes Price
$7.75
$8.25
$14.25
$19.20
$7.37
$8.49
Savings with Pitney Bowes
$1.20
$1.20
$1.85
$2.30
$1.33
$2.21
Year-over-year savings change
+$0.65
+$0.65
+$0.10
-$0.30
+$0.79
+$0.35
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Automatically Save on Priority Mail Postage with Pitney Bowes.

On average, the Priority Mail discounts offered by Pitney Bowes (Commercial Base Pricing) reflect a savings of 17.9% on USPS Retail prices.

You can automatically access CBP discounts by printing a trackable shipping (IMpb) label using a Pitney Bowes mailing and shipping solution.

As a Pitney Bowes meter client, you have complimentary access to PitneyShip™ shipping software. Sign in today to start printing trackable labels and save.

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USPS Priority Mail Express Rates

  • Save an average of 13.1% with Pitney Bowes (Commercial Base Pricing) for Priority Mail Express
  • Pitney Bowes savings (Commercial Base Pricing) are discounts you automatically access when you print shipping label using a Pitney Bowes solution vs. printing a meter tape.
  • The actual savings for Commercial Base Pricing vary by weight and zone
  • The Retail price is what you pay if you go the Post Office or if you use stamps or a meter tape for postage. By printing the trackable label (IMpb) for your Priority Mail Express packages, you automatically qualify for the Pitney Bowes savings (Commercial Base Pricing).

 

Priority Mail Express Product
2022 Retail Price
$26.95
$27.10
$27.50
$27.50
$28.35
2022 Pitney Bowes Price
$23.50
$23.75
$23.95
$23.75
$24.30
Savings with Pitney Bowes
$3.45
$3.35
$3.55
$3.65
$4.05

USPS First-Class Package Rates

  • First-Class Package Service offers significant savings for packages weighing less than a pound. There are different price points based on weight and zone, and pricing is offered for First-Class Retail Parcels and First-Class Commercial Parcels.
  • Save at least 25% with Pitney Bowes (Commercial Base Pricing) for First-Class Packages.
  • The actual savings for Commercial Base Pricing vary by weight and zone.
  • First-Class Retail Parcels can only weigh up to 13 oz. Any First-Class Retail Parcel that weighs over 13 oz. will be rated as Priority Mail. By printing the trackable label with SendPro®/PitneyShip™, you qualify for First-Class Commercial Parcel savings. The weight limit for your First-Class package also increases from 13 oz. to 15.999 oz.
First-Class Package Service
2022 Retail Parcels
$4.50
$5.10
$5.80
$7.05*
2022 Commercial Parcels (Pitney Bowes rate)
$3.37
$3.76
$4.34
$5.49
Savings with Pitney Bowes
$1.13 (25%)
$1.34 (26%)
$1.46 (25%)
$1.56 to $3.21 (22% - 37%)

*(Only up to 13oz. Anything over 13oz is rated at Priority Mail rates)

USPS Parcel Select Ground Rates

  • Overall, rates for Parcel Select Ground decreased 12.1%, with certain weight and zone rates decreasing as much as 56%.
  • The 2022 Parcel Select Ground rates offer you a less expensive alternative to Priority Mail. The estimated delivery for Parcel Select Ground is 2-8 days compared to 1-3 days estimated delivery for Priority Mail. Parcel Select Ground does not include built-in insurance like Priority Mail.
Parcel Select Ground
2022 Priority Mail Commercial Rates (1-3 day delivery)
$7.37
$8.60
$12.71
$18.53
2022 Parcel Select Ground Rates (2-8 day delivery)
$7.22
$7.74
$10.31
$12.77
Savings with Parcel Select Ground
$0.15 (2%)
$0.86 (10%)
$2.40 (19%)
$5.76 (31%)