U.S. Postal Service Announces New Prices for 2018

January, 2018

 

 

On October 6, 2017, the United States Postal Service (USPS) submitted its proposed rate change cases for both the Market Dominant and Competitive Product price lists to the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC), both with an intended effective date of Sunday, January 21, 2018 at 12:01am.  The PRC has approved the proposal. Here are the details of the rate changes for some of the most popular mail classes.

Mailing Services:  Product prices will increase an average of approximately 1.9%

First-Class Mail®

The price of a First-Class Mail Forever stamp will increase one cent. Meter users still receive a 3 cent discount.

First-Class Mail  
TypeCurrent PriceProposed Price
First-Class Mail Letter (up to 1 oz.) - Retail Rate$0.49$0.50
First-Class Mail Letter (up to 1 oz.) - Meter Rate$0.46$0.47

Shipping Services: Product prices will increase an average of approximately 3.9%

Priority Mail®

Priority Mail - Retail Rates  
TypeCurrent PriceProposed Price
Regular Flat Rate Envelope$6.65$6.70
Legal Flat Rate Envelope$6.95$7.00
Padded Flat Rate Envelope$7.20$7.25
Small Flat Rate Box$7.15$7.20
Medium Flat Rate Box$13.60$13.65
Large Flat Rate Box$18.85$18.90
APO/FPO/DPO Large Flat Rate Box$17.35$17.40

 

Are you a NeoShip user? You’re eligible for Commercial Base Pricing (CBP).

What is CBP? In the notice, USPS states, “The Commercial Base price category offers lower prices to customers using authorized postage payment methods.” With regards to the January rate change for Priority Mail, “The Commercial Base prices will increase 6.2 percent on average. Commercial Base prices will, on average, reflect a 9.4 percent discount off of Retail prices.”

 

 

Priority Mail Express®

The price for the Retail Flat Rate Envelope, a significant portion of all Priority Mail Express volume, is increasing from $23.75 to $24.70.

Priority Mail Express - Retail Rates  
TypeCurrent PriceProposed Price
Flat Rate Envelope$23.75$24.70

Are you a NeoShip user? You’re eligible for Commercial Base Pricing.

With regards to the January rate change for Priority Mail Express, the USPS states, “The Commercial Base prices will increase 3.7 percent on average. Commercial Base prices will be set at an average 11 .3 percent discount off of Retail prices.”