USPS Postal Service shipping rate changes

How will the 2021 USPS® shipping rate changes affect your business?

 

Save on USPS postage costs

We’ll help you find new ways to cut shipping costs using the new rates effective January 24, 2021.
 

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 pricing for Priority Mail and other USPS package services.

 

Items that are eligible for shipping label:

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Consider First-Class Package Service

First-Class Package Service (FCPS) is still a great shipping alternative for lightweight (< 1lb.) parcels, primarily used for fulfillment. FCPS offers savings of 30% or more over Priority 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. Please note that the USPS divisor changed to 166 in June 2019.

Package dimensions

 


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

 

View all 2021 USPS postage rates here.

 

Changes to First-Class Package Services
 

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

  • Dimensional weighting,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 ranging 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

2021 Retail 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 2021 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

 $  10.08

 $  10.13

 $  16.53

 $  21.48

 $  25.39

 $  28.93

 $  53.35

8

 $    8.79

 $  10.58

 $  11.95

 $  18.04

 $  23.59

 $  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 ranging from 0% 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®

2020 Retail Rates

2021 Retail Rates

 

2021 SendPro Rates

2021 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 2021 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% increase.

  • Dimensional weighting, 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

$15.68

$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