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The U.S. Postal Service has proposed new postage rates to be implemented on Sunday, January 21, 2018, subject to approval by the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC). 

Listed below are the highlights of the proposed 2018 USPS rate increase for customers buying postage online:

First Class Rates

Popular and cheap for orders under 15.99 ounces, First Class rates are increasing slightly, more so if orders are on the heavier side.

Overall rates for First Class Package Service will increase by 3.9%. 
Rates are increasing the most in packages weighing 13 ounces or greater with a 15.999 ounce package costing $4.94 in 2018 from $4.30 currently ($0.64 increase).

Weight 2018 2017 Increase
1 – 4 ounces $2.66 $2.61 $0.05
5 ounces $2.79 $2.77 $0.02
6 ounces $2.92 $2.77 $0.15
7 ounces $3.05 $2.77 $0.28
8 ounces $3.18 $2.77 $0.41
9 ounces $3.34 $3.32 $0.02
10 ounces $3.50 $3.46 $0.04
11 ounces $3.66 $3.60 $0.06
12 ounces $3.82 $3.74 $0.08
13 ounces $4.10 $3.88 $0.22
14 ounces $4.38 $4.02 $0.36
15 ounces $4.66 $4.16 $0.50
15.999 ounces $4.94 $4.30 $0.64

Priority Mail Rates

Below are the new Priority Mail Flat Rates on the way.
Method 2018 2017 Increase
Flat Rate Envelope $6.35 $5.75 $0.60
Legal Flat Rate $6.65 $6.05 $0.60
Padded Flat Rate Envelope $6.90 $6.30 $0.30
Small Flat Rate Box $6.85 $6.25 $0.60
Medium Flat Rate Box $12.45 $12.05 $0.40
Large Flat Rate Box $17.10 $16.55 $0.55
ADO/FPO/DP Large Flat Rate $15.60 $15.05 $0.55


Below are the Priority Mail Express Flat Rate:

Method 2018 2017 Increase
Flat Rate Envelope $21.98 $21.18 $0.80
Legal Flat Rate $22.09 $21.28 $0.81
Padded Flat Rate Envelope $22.46 $21.64 $0.82

Below are the Priority Mail Rates by zone:

Weight Zones 1&2 Zone 3 Zone 4 Zone 5 Zone 6 Zone 7 Zone 8 Zone 9
1 pound $6.35 $6.79 $6.89 $6.98 $7.13 $7.28 $7.53 $9.72
2 pounds $6.89 $7.03 $7.18 $7.91 $9.19 $9.98 $10.48 $14.87
3 pounds $6.98 $7.45 $8.22 $8.98 $11.80 $12.76 $14.88 $20.18


Please take a look at the percentage changes for each of those weights across zones. Orders that are low weight and shipped to a lower zone will be some of the most impacted.
Note: Some of these zones will be cheaper than last year.

Weight Zones 1&2 Zone 3 Zone 4 Zone 5 Zone 6 Zone 7 Zone 8 Zone 9
1 pound 10.4% 8.4% 8.1% 6.9% 7% 8.4% 6.9% -3.3%
2 pounds 8.8% 9.8% 8.3% 0 9.8% 3% 5.1% 1.2%
3 pounds 8.9% 4% 7.8% -2.6% 3% 3% 3% 1.3%



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