New USPS® Postage Rates on Mailing and Shipping Services! Get a breakdown of the new rates and the major changes >

A cheat sheet to the new U.S. Postal Service rates and price increases effective Aug 29, 2021. Here’s a quick review of 6 major changes and tips to reduce the impact:

Stamps increased 3 cents 

The retail price of a stamp increased 3 cents to $0.58 from $0.55. If your small business uses stamps or purchases postage directly at the Post Office, this price hike will significantly impact your bottom line. Don't miss out on a 9% meter discount!

  • New Stamp Price: 58¢
  • New Discounted Meter Price: 53¢

Tip:

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Metered rate increased 2 cents

Metered postage rates for First-Class letters went up 2 cents per letter to 53 cents. There's still good news for meter users. You get the metered discount but now you save 5 cents on every mail piece. 

  • Current Meter Price: 51¢
  • New Meter Price: 53¢
  • New Postcard Price: 40¢

Tip:

Make sure all of your postage is updated regularly. Prices can change once or twice each year, and even seasonally. With our newest iX meters, postage rates are updated for you AUTOMATICALLY!

 

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Certified Mail® with Return Receipt is more expensive 

This is the second major increase to Certified Mail this year, and it's significant. The Certified Mail fee increased an additional 15 cents per mail piece, while Return Receipt increased by 20 cents. The cost of a hard-copy receipt will cost a lot more now. The silver lining: With an electronic Return Receipt, you’ll save $1.20 on every Certified Mail piece. 

  • New Certified Mail fee: $3.75
  • Return Receipt (hard copy) cost: $3.05
  • Return Receipt (electronic) cost: $1.85

Tip:

We highly recommend electronic Return Receipt. You can upgrade your entire process and save nearly 38% on all Certified Mail costs immediately with an online solution like e-Certify. 

 

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Look out flyers, circulars, adverts, newsletters, and catalogs

There were increases to all Marketing Mail that doesn’t get sent using First-Class service. Price changes were dependent on the type of mail. Flyers and coupons had less than a 1-cent increase, but catalogs went up nearly 3 cents per item. 

  • Rate increase on flyers and coupons: 0.5¢
  • Rate increase on some catalogs: 2.9¢

Tip:

If you are interested in direct mail, you might want to saturate a zip code and send a flyer to almost everyone on a mail route for the lowest postage rates. Saturation mailings are seeing less of an increase, so see if this strategy works for your business. If you need advice, visit the USPS.com and contact a Marketing Mail expert.

 

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It's time to think about presort prices

With the right mail volume, you can take advantage of the USPS presort discounts and pay only 43 cents for postage. First-Class presorted postage increased nearly 3 cents, but sorting invoices, bills and statements by zip code is still advantageous and cost-effective. Now might be the time to make it part of your mail prep process.

  • Presort pricing: 43.3¢
  • Meter price: 53¢

Tip:

You can get access to postage discounts with presort prices using our mail automation software Impress®.

 

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Temporary Rate Hike on Shipments Begins Oct 3!

A seasonal increase on USPS® shipping products starts on Oct 3 and rolls back on Dec 26, 2021. This temporary change affects Priority Mail®, Priority Mail Express®, First-Class™ Package Service, Parcel Select®, Parcel Return® Service, and USPS® Retail Ground. Here's a list of the percent increases during the seasonal period:

  • Priority Mail Express: +2.3%
  • Priority Mail: +5.7%
  • First-Class Package Service: +7.6%
  • Parcel Select: +11.0%
  • Parcel Return Service: +13.0%
  • USPS Retail Ground: +5.3%

Tip:

Seasonal price changes affect USPS products that are competitive with FedEx and UPS. Rate shopping is one of the best ways to help your business save on shipping. You can rate shop, compare pricing and get discounts all year long with shipping software. In fact, you can save up to 40% on Priority Mail costs!

 

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For more information

Mailing rate changes went into effect Aug 29. For more information on the new postage prices, please visit our Knowledge Hub

 

2021 USPS® Rate Guide

Updated for August 29, 2021

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Solutions to help reduce the impact of new USPS rates:

Automatic postal rate updates with the iX-3!

For small and mid-sized businesses that don't have time to think about the mail. Get the mailing and shipping capabilities you need without the large machine...and large price tag. Easily process letters, postcards, envelopes and packages.

  • Access to postage discounts 
  • Option to add Neoship online shipping software
  • Apply postage and seal mail—all with a touch of a button!

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Get access to presort pricing with Impress® 

Depending upon your mail volume, you can use Impress to get access to postage discounts with presort prices while transforming the entire process of preparing and sending mail!

  • Save time and prevent errors during processing
  • Send invoices and payment reminders using online channels
  • Speed up invoicing and payment time

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Save 38% on Certified Mail costs with e-Certify

This year the Certified Mail fee and cost of Return Receipt have both increased. With ConnectSuite e-Certify you can save money on Certified Mail with Return Receipt and improve the entire process by using an online solution.

  • Address and print Certified Mail labels online
  • Track mail pieces online and get delivery updates every step of the way
  • Upgrade the entire process of sending Certified Mail

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Skip the rate changes with Impress® 

Press the "skip" button and avoid the hassle of new mailing rates with Impress! Access discounted rates and eliminate the hassle of mail processing entirely with outsourcing. You can even have your mail sent digitally and steer clear of all the new prices. 

  • Have all your mail prep handled for you
  • Lower operating costs by adding delivery channels
  • Leave the stress of new rates behind!

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Let's stay ahead of rates.

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