The September 7, 2014 rate change introduces price reductions for Priority Mail when you use a mailing system (like FP’s PostBase with MailOne 2.0) that produces shipping labels with USPS electronic Intelligent Mail Package Barcode (IMPB).
See our September Rate Change blog post for general information about this rate change.
USPS® postal rates increased on January 26, 2014, affecting most letter and parcel delivery services. The postal regulatory commission approved both the inflation-based (CPI – Consumer Price Index) and exigent (based on economic “emergency” conditions) increases. These increases impact “market dominant” services (i.e., first-class letters over which the USPS has a monopoly) and “competitive services (i.e., package delivery where the USPS competes on the open market).
Metered Postage Rates Are Now Discounted! We’re happy to announce that mail customers who use postage meters enjoy a one-cent discount ($0.48 instead of $0.49) for single-piece domestic first-class letters. (See the chart below for details.)
Rate Change Highlights
Price Changes for Popular USPS Domestic Products & Services
|Product/Service||Current Price||New Price after January 26, 2014||Increase|
|First-class stamped letter (1 oz.)||$0.46||$0.49||$0.03|
|First-class metered letter (1 oz.)||$0.46||$0.48||$0.02|
|Each additional ounce for first-class letter||$0.20||$0.21||$0.01|
|Flat (1 oz.)||$0.92||$0.98||$0.06|
|Flat (2 oz.)||$1.12||$1.19||$0.07|
|Delivery Confirmation (first-class parcel)||$0.90||$1.05||$0.15|
Single-Piece* First-Class Letter Rates
*Single-piece letters are 1-3.5 oz. first class pieces that are not part of a bulk or presort set.
Official USPS Rate Change Documents
USPS DMM Notice 123 (PDF, effective January 26, 2014)
New USPS Price List (Excel format; updated January 3, 2014; effective January 26, 2014)
PRC Approves Postal Service Request for Exigent Rate Increase; Rejects Permanent Price Increases (Postal Regulatory Commission press release)
PRC Approves Annual CPI-based Postage Rate Increase (Postal Regulatory Commission press release)
Rate Adjustment Due to Extraordinary or Exceptional Circumstances (PRC Docket No. R2013-11)
USPS Price List 123 (Old—July 28, 2013)