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October 17, 2018

USPS Outlook for 2019: Proposed Rate Increase To Take Effect January 27

2017_USPS Postal Rate Guide


This month, the United States Postal Service (USPS) filed proposed price changes with the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) that will take effect on January 27, 2019 if approved. On average, most classes of commercial mail are proposed to increase 2.5%.


2019 Proposed Postage Price Increases

The proposed price changes will include a five-cent increase in the price of a First Class Mail stamp, from 50 cents to 55. Postcard stamps will remain the same at 35 cents while metered single-piece letters will increase by three cents (or 6.4%) if the proposed price changes are approved. 


First Class Mail automated commercial letter rates will go up roughly 1.0% depending on the presort level. Marketing Mail automated letter rates are proposed to increase roughly 2.0%, also depending on the presort level.


Proposed Key First Class Mail Single Piece Prices:

 Product Current Price New Price Percent Changed
Stamp Price 1 0z. 0.50 0.55 10.0%
Single Piece Additional Ounce  0.21 0.15 -28.6%
Meter Price 1 Oz. 0.47 0.50 6.4%
Single-Piece Flats 1 Oz. 1.00 1.00 0.0%
Single-Piece Cards 0.35 0.35 0.0%

Proposed Key First-Class Mail Bulk Prices: 

 Product Current Price New Price Percent Changed
Mixed AADC Automation Letters 0.424 0.428 0.9%
AADC Automation Letters 0.408 0.412 1.0%
5-Digit Automation Letters 0.378 0.383 1.3%
Mixed ADC Automation Flats 0.705 .727 3.12%
3-Digit Automation Flats 0.593 0.605 2.02%
5-Digit Automation Flats 0.474 0.486 2.53%

Proposed USPS Marketing Mail 

Product Percent Change
Letters 2.4%
Flats 2.6%


The PRC will review these proposed postal rate increases for 2019 and is expected to reach their decision in the next few weeks. 


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