Postage Rate Increase

Info on the 2019 USPS Postage Rate Increase

The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) will implement new postage rates for most mailing and shipping products on Sunday, January 27, 2019.

Summary of the 2019 Postage Rate Increase:


Domestic Mailing:
  • The First Class Mail Letter (1 oz.) rate for postage purchased at the Post Office will increase by five cents to $0.55 from $0.50.
  • Each additional ounce for a First Class Mail letter will cost $0.15 (a decrease from $0.21).
  • “Metered Mail” rates for First Class Mail Letters (1 oz.), which includes online postage providers and postage meters, will increase three cents to $0.50 from $0.47. Each additional ounce will cost $0.15.
  • The five cent “Metered Mail” rate discount for a First Class Mail letter (1 oz.) compared to the Post Office rate represents a savings of 9%.
  • First Class Mail Flats/Large Envelopes (1 oz.) rates will not increase and will remain at $1.00. Each additional ounce will cost $0.15.

Domestic Shipping:
  • Priority Mail Express will see an overall rate increase of 3.9% in 2019. Commercial Base (online postage) rates will start at $22.68 (previously $21.98).
  • Priority Mail will see an average rate increase of 5.9% in 2019. Commercial Base (online postage) rates will start at $6.95 (previously $6.55).
  • First Class Package Service will see an average rate increase of 11.9% in 2019. Commercial Base (online postage) rates will start at $2.66.
  • First Class Package Service will move to zone‑based pricing in 2019.
  • Parcel Select Ground will see an average rate decrease of 1.3% in 2019. Commercial Base (online postage) rates will start at $6.85 (previously $6.55).
  • Media Mail rates will increase by 2.9% in 2019. Rates will start at $2.75 (previously $2.66).

International Shipping:
  • Priority Mail Express International will see an average rate increase of 3.9% in 2019. Commercial Base (online postage) rates will start at $42.00 (previously $40.38).
  • Priority Mail International will see an average rate increase of 6.2% in 2019. Commercial Base (online postage) rates will start at $39.71 (previously $38.29).
  • First Class Package International Service will see an average rate increase of 3.9% in 2019. Commercial Base (online postage) rates will start at $9.98 (previously $9.50).

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Post Office/Retail Rates Stamps.com Rates
Letters 2019 Postage Rates 2018 Postage Rates 2019 Postage Rates 2018 Postage Rates
First-Class Mail letter (1 oz.) $0.55 $0.50 $0.50 $0.47
First-Class Mail letter - each additional ounce $0.15 $0.21 $0.15 $0.21
First-Class Mail Flat/Large Envelope (1 oz.) $1.00 $1.00 $1.00 $1.00
First-Class Mail Flat/Large Envelope - each additional ounce $0.15 $0.21 $0.15 $0.21
Postcard $0.35 $0.35 $0.35 $0.35
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Post Office/Retail Rates Stamps.com Rates
Flat Rate Envelopes 2019 Postage Rates 2018 Postage Rates 2019 Postage Rates 2018 Postage Rates
Priority Mail Express Flat Rate Envelope $25.50 $24.70 $22.68 $21.98
Priority Mail Express Padded Flat Rate Envelope $26.20 $25.40 $23.18 $22.46
Priority Mail Express Legal Flat Rate Envelope $25.70 $24.90 $22.80 $22.09
Priority Mail Flat Rate Envelope $7.35 $6.70 $6.95 $6.55
Priority Mail Padded Flat Rate Envelope $8.00 $7.25 $7.55 $7.10
Priority Mail Legal Flat Rate Envelope $7.65 $7.00 $7.25 $6.85
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Post Office/Retail Rates Stamps.com Rates
Packages 2019 Postage Rates 2018 Postage Rates 2019 Postage Rates 2018 Postage Rates
Priority Mail Express (0.5 lb.) $25.50 and up $24.70 and up $22.68 and up $21.98 and up
Priority Mail Express Flat Rate Box Discontinued Discontinued Discontinued Discontinued
Priority Mail (1 lb.) $7.35 and up $6.70 and up $6.95 and up $6.35 and up
Priority Mail Small Flat Rate Box $7.90 $7.20 $7.50 $7.05
Priority Mail Medium Flat Rate Box $14.35 $13.65 $12.80 $12.85
Priority Mail Large Flat Rate Box $19.95 $18.90 $17.60 $17.65
Priority Mail APO/FPO/DPO Large Flat Rate Box $18.45 $17.40 $16.10 $16.15
Priority Mail Regional Rate Box A $9.95 and up $9.35 and up $7.65 and up $7.10 and up
Priority Mail Regional Rate Box B $10.35 and up $9.66 and up $8.05 and up $7.41 and up
Priority Mail Regional Rate Box C Discontinued Discontinued Discontinued Discontinued
First Class® Package Service (1 oz.) $3.66 and up $3.50 $2.66 and up $2.66
Parcel Select Ground® (1 lb.) Not Available Not Available $6.85 and up $6.55 and up
Media Mail (1 lb.) $2.75 $2.66 $2.75 $2.66
Retail Ground® (formerly Standard Post® - 1 lb.) $7.35 and up $6.70 and up Not Available Not Available
Library Mail (1 lb.) $2.61 $2.53 Not Available Not Available
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Post Office/Retail Rates Stamps.com Rates
International 2019 Postage Rates 2018 Postage Rates 2019 Postage Rates 2018 Postage Rates
Global Express Guaranteed (0.5 lb.) $67.80 and up $64.50 and up $64.41 and up $61.28 and up
Priority Mail Express Intl (0.5 lb.) $44.00 and up $42.50 and up $42.00 and up $40.38 and up
Priority Mail Express Intl Flat Rate Box - Canada Discontinued Discontinued Discontinued Discontinued
Priority Mail Express Intl Flat Rate Box - Other Countries Discontinued Discontinued Discontinued Discontinued
Priority Mail Express Intl Flat Rate Envelopes - Canada $44.50 and up $43.00 and up $42.30 $40.85
Priority Mail Express Intl Flat Rate Envelopes - Other Countries $61.85 and up $59.75 and up $56.75 and up $56.75 and up
Priority Mail Intl (1 lb.) - Canada $34.30 and up $33.00 and up $32.59 and up $31.35 and up
Priority Mail Intl (1 lb.) - Other Countries $41.80 and up $40.25 and up $39.71 and up $38.24 and up
Priority Mail Intl Flat Rate Envelopes - Canada $25.85 $24.95 $24.55 $23.70
Priority Mail Intl Flat Rate Envelopes - Other Countries $32.20 and up $31.00 and up $30.60 and up $29.45 and up
Priority Mail Intl Small Flat Rate Box - Canada $26.85 $25.95 $25.50 $24.65
Priority Mail Intl Small Flat Rate Box - Other Countries $33.60 and up $32.25 and up $31.90 and up $30.65 and up
Priority Mail Intl Medium Flat Rate Box - Canada $49.60 $47.75 $47.10 $45.35
Priority Mail Intl Medium Flat Rate Box - Other Countries $72.30 and up $69.50 and up $68.70 and up $66.00 and up
Priority Mail Intl Large Flat Rate Box - Canada $64.50 $62.35 $61.30 $59.25
Priority Mail Intl Large Flat Rate Box - Other Countries $94.25 and up $90.50 and up $89.55 and up $85.95 and up
First Class Package Intl Service - Canada (1 lb.) $17.25 $16.00 $16.93 and up $15.20 and up
First Class Package Intl Service - Mexico (1 lb.) $21.50 $21.50 $20.43 and up $20.43 and up
First Class Package Intl Service - Other Countries (1 lb.) $23.50 and up $23.50 and up $22.33 and up $22.33 and up
First Class Mail Intl Letters - Mexico & Canada (1 oz.) $1.15 $1.15 $1.15 $1.15
First Class Mail Intl Letters - Other Countries (1 oz.) $1.15 $1.15 $1.15 $1.15
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Post Office/Retail Rates Stamps.com Rates
Special Services 2019 Postage Rates 2018 Postage Rates 2019 Postage Rates 2018 Postage Rates
Certified Mail™ $3.50 $3.45 $3.50 $3.45
Certificate of Mailing $1.45 $1.40 $1.45 $1.40
Registered Mail™ $12.40 and up $11.90 and up $12.40 and up $11.90 and up
USPS Tracking $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Restricted Delivery $5.20 $5.05 $5.20 $5.05
Return Receipt - (mail) $2.80 $2.75 $2.80 $2.75
Return Receipt - (electronic) $1.60 $1.50 $1.60 $1.50
Return Receipt - (for Merchandise) $4.30 $4.20 $4.30 $4.20
Signature Confirmation™ $3.05 $3.00 $2.60 $2.55
Adult Signature - (Basic) $6.40 $6.10 $6.40 $6.10
Adult Signature - (Person Specific) $6.66 $6.35 $6.66 $6.35
Package Intercept $14.10 $13.45 $14.10 $13.45
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