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January 10, 2017

USPS Postal Rate Changes Take Effect January 22, 2017 [Download Rate Guide]

11.1.2016_USPS Postal Rate Guide.jpgProposed postal rate changes filed by the United States Postal Service (USPS) in October 2016 have been approved by the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) and take effect on January 22, 2017.

USPS postage rates will increase by an average 1-2%. The change amounts to a 2-cent increase for a First Class stamp—bringing it back to its former price of 49 cents. Meanwhile, Special Services will increase by 2.5%. Postcards, international mail, and additional ounces for letters will not be affected.

Other price changes of particular interest to direct mailers include:

  • Establishing a single price for First Class Mail commercial presort letters weighing up to 3.5 ounces
  • Reducing the one-ounce meter price to 46 cents
  • Increasing the piece pound breakpoint from 3.3 to 4.0 ounces for Marketing Mail Flats and Parcel shaped pieces
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The upcoming January 22 rate changes will be the first postage rate increases in three years, since before the PRC repealed an exigent surcharge designed to help the USPS recoup losses caused by the Great Recession of 2008-2009.

In addition to the postal rate changes, January 22 also marks the official transition from USPS Standard Mail to its new name, USPS Marketing Mail. The new name will begin appearing on postage statements after January 22, however the new indicia and/or postage markings should not be used for letter or flat mail until January 2018 at the earliest.

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