USPS announces price changes for 2019

The Postal Service has announced price changes to take effect next year.

The USPS governors approved the proposed changes, which will be reviewed by the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) before they take effect Jan. 27. The governors believe these new rates will keep the Postal Service competitive while providing the agency with needed revenue.

The changes, if approved by the PRC, include a 5-cent increase in the price of a First-Class Mail Forever stamp from 50 cents to 55 cents.

The single-piece additional ounce price will be reduced to 15 cents, so a 2-ounce stamped letter, such as a typical wedding invitation, will cost less to mail, decreasing from 71 cents to 70 cents.

The changes include adjustments to other Mailing Services products, as well as Shipping Services products.

Here are the current and proposed prices:

  • First-Class Mail letters (1 ounce): 50 cents (current), 55 cents (proposed)
  • First-Class Mail letters (additional ounces): 21 cents (current), 15 cents (proposed)
  • First-Class Mail letters (metered 1 ounce): 47 cents (current), 50 cents (proposed)
  • First-Class Mail outbound international letters (1 ounce): $1.15 (no change from current price)
  • First-Class Mail domestic postcard stamps: 35 cents (no change from current price)
  • Priority Mail small flat-rate box: $7.20 (current), $7.90 (proposed)
  • Priority Mail medium flat-rate box: $13.65 (current), $14.35 (proposed)
  • Priority Mail large flat-rate box: $18.90 (current), $19.95 (proposed)
  • Priority Mail Army/Air Post Office and Fleet Post Office large flat-rate box: $17.40 (current), $18.45 (proposed)
  • Priority Mail regular flat-rate envelope: $6.70 (current), $7.35 (proposed)
  • Priority Mail legal flat-rate envelope: $7 (current), $7.65 (proposed)
  • Priority Mail padded flat-rate envelope: $7.25 (current), $8 (proposed)

Overall, the proposed prices would raise Mailing Services product prices by approximately 2.5 percent.

Shipping Services price increases vary by product. For example, Priority Mail Express prices will increase 3.9 percent, while Priority Mail prices will increase 5.9 percent.

Although Mailing Services price increases are based on the consumer price index, Shipping Services prices are primarily adjusted according to market conditions.

USPS filed the proposals with the PRC Oct. 10. The complete price filings are available on the PRC’s site under the Daily Listings section, and price change tables will be available on the Postal Explorer site.

The Postal Service’s news release has more information.

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Clayton Norris

Continue to subsidize Amazon and pass along those costs to the remainder of the Postal market. When will the public wake up and demand action from Congress?

Richad

See my comment above. The public will demand action when it realizes that members of Congress spend much of their time begging for money from special interests, and many will do anything to get it too. Until that happens, and there is mass revulsion with the system, we won’t move forward on any major issues in this country.

Richad

Given that Congress is forcing the USPS to fund pensions for 75 years it is no wonder they can’t meet their budget. Let’s see, other shippers give big bucks “campaign contributions” to Congress, which then screws the Postal Service, which thus has to raise rates, and the consumer pays the difference or goes to the “other shippers”, who make profits by ripping off the public. Sounds like the federal government’s usual functioning to me.

Z P

Well I for one am glad our increases are helping Amazon get their break as we small shippers get nailed to fund them. I don’t want to forget the Taxpayer funding for about 18 billion in one year. If this was a normal USA business it would have closed years ago. I can’t believe that first class packages went up almost 12%. Priority mail went up almost 6%. We fund this as we see business after business close and no taxpayers to fund them. Oh, I failed to mention that FedEx and the USPS are joined at the hip also.… Read more »

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