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Annual Postage Rate Increases

It’s that time of year when carriers increase their rates and we’ve summarized some of these changes. The annual postage rate increases will go into effect Sunday, January 27 for the following services:

  • Chit Chats Canada
  • Chit Chats International Standard
  • USPS
  • UPS Mail Innovations
  • Asendia

There are important changes with USPS that may impact you:

USPS First Class Mail Letters

  • The First Class Mail letter (1 oz) rate for postage purchased at the Post Office is increasing by five cents to $0.55 from $0.50
  • Each additional ounce for a First Class Mail letter will cost an extra $0.15 (a decrease from $0.21 in 2018)
  • Postcard and First Class Mail Flats/Large Envelope rates are not increasing

USPS First Class Packages

  • A major change that will affect many sellers is with USPS First Class Packages which will move from weight based pricing to zone and weight based pricing like Priority Mail
    • This will largely impact packages going further across the country (i.e. Zone 8)
    • 13 oz packages increases in all zones while heavier items 15 oz will see an incremental increase if at all

USPS Priority Mail

  • USPS is extending dimensional weight to Priority Mail and Priority Mail Express for packages larger than one cubic foot, with the dimensional weight divisor changing to 166 from 194
    • Dimensional weight changes won’t be implemented until June 23, 2019 to allow time for adjustments. 
      • Dimensional weight = (Length x Width x Height)/166
      • Balloon rate for Priority Mail on Zones 1-4 and Parcel Select will be eliminated, which may benefit those who ship large, light packages

Rate cards will be updated on the website soon.