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What FP Customers Need to Know About the January 2013 USPS Rate Changes

FP Customers:
See FP official Rate Change Notice for instructions and information regarding your FP equipment.

On January 27, 2013, the latest USPS rate changes will go into effect. Mailing equipment that calculates postage based on USPS rates needs to be updated so your outgoing mail has the correct postage.

The increase affects the following rate classes:

  • First Class Mail®
  • First Class® Presort Mail
  • Media Mail
  • Library Mail
  • Priority Mail®
  • Express Mail®
  • Global Express Guaranteed®
  • Express Mail International®
  • Priority Mail International™
  • Parcel Select®
  • Parcel Return Service

Below are the price increases most relevant to the majority of mailers.

Single-piece first-class mail prices after January 27:

  • Letters (1 oz) increasing one cent from $0.45 to $.46
  • Postcards increasing once cent from $0.32 to $0.33
  • Additional ounces for 1-ounce letters will remain $0.20 per ounce, and 1-ounce international letters will be a flat $1.10.

Priority Mail Flat Rate products price increases:

  • Small box: $5.80
  • Medium box: $12.35
  • Large box: $16.85
  • Large APO/FPO box: $14.85
  • Regular envelope: $5.60

FP Mailing Customers

Customers of FP Mailing Solutions need to update their equipment before the January 27, 2013 deadline. If you’re an FP customer, you can purchase new rate chips by logging into your customer account, where you’ll find instructions.

You might also consider the PostBase postage meter (FP’s latest entry in the postage machine market), which downloads rate changes automatically for free. You’ll never have to pay for a rate change again!

References

http://about.usps.com/news/national-releases/2012/pr12_114.htm

http://pe.usps.com (Postal Explorer – proposed pricing)

http://prc.gov (Postal Regulatory Commission – see rate dockets for final decisions on rates)

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