Postage Rate Increase

Info on the 2016 USPS Postage Rate Increase

The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) has implemented two rate adjustments in 2016. The first rate adjustment took place on Sunday, January 17, 2016 where prices of several USPS shipping products and services were impacted. The second rate adjustment occurred on Sunday, April 10, 2016 that focused on price reductions for USPS mailing services.

Summary of the 2016 Postage Rate Increase:


Domestic Mailing:
  • April 2016 Update! First Class Mail Letters (1 oz.) rates will decrease from $0.49 to $0.47 when purchased at the Post Office. Each additional ounce will cost $0.21.
  • April 2016 Update! The discounted “Metered Mail” category for First Class Mail Letters (1 oz.), which includes online postage providers and postage meters, will decrease from $0.485 to $0.465. Each additional ounce will cost $0.21.
  • April 2016 Update! First Class Mail Flats (1 oz.) will decrease from $0.98 to $0.94. Each additional ounce will cost $0.21.
  • April 2016 Update! Postcard rates will decrease from $0.35 to $0.34.

Domestic Shipping:
  • Priority Mail Express will see an average rate increase of 15.6% in 2016. Additionally, the Priority Mail Express Flat Rate Box will be discontinued in 2016.
  • After three years without a shipping rate increase, Priority Mail will see an average rate increase of 9.4% in 2016. Additionally, Priority Mail Regional Rate Box C will be discontinued in 2016.
  • First Class Package Service will see an average rate increase of 12.8% in 2016. Additionally, the maximum weight for First Class Package Service Commercial Base pricing (online postage) will be increased from 13 ounces to 15.99 ounces. Also, Commercial Plus pricing for First Class Package Service will be eliminated in 2016.
  • April 2016 Update! First Class Mail — Parcels available at the Post Office will also see a decrease and rates will start at $2.45 (previously $2.54) for a 1 oz. package.
  • Parcel Select Nonpresort (purchased online) will be renamed to Parcel Select Ground in 2016. Standard Post will be renamed Retail Ground in 2016.
  • April 2016 Update! Media Mail rates will start at $2.61 instead of $2.72 for a 1 lb. package.

International Shipping:
  • Priority Mail Express International will see an average rate increase of 11.6% in 2016.
  • Priority Mail International will see an average rate increase of 10.2% in 2016.
  • First Class Package International Service will see an average rate increase of 21.6% in 2016.

Other USPS News:
  • Click-N-Ship Pricing: Starting in 2016, Commercial Base Pricing (online discounts) will no longer be available for the Click-N-Ship program for shipping labels printed on USPS.com. All pricing for the Click-N-Ship program will be Post Office/Retail Rates.
  • The U.S. Postal Service will discontinue the Critical Mail service in 2016.

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Post Office/Retail Rates Stamps.com Rates
Letters 2016 Postage Rates 2015 Postage Rates 2016 Postage Rates 2015 Postage Rates
First-Class Mail letter (1 oz.) $0.47 $0.49 $0.465 $0.485
First-Class Mail letter - each additional ounce $0.21 $0.22 $0.21 $0.22
First-Class Mail Flat/Large Envelope (1 oz.) $0.94 $0.98 $0.94 $0.98
First-Class Mail Flat/Large Envelope - each additional ounce $0.21 $0.22 $0.21 $0.22
Postcard $0.34 $0.35 $0.34 $0.35
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Post Office/Retail Rates Stamps.com Rates
Flat Rate Envelopes 2016 Postage Rates 2015 Postage Rates 2016 Postage Rates 2015 Postage Rates
Priority Mail Express Flat Rate Envelope $22.95 $19.99 $20.66 $18.11
Priority Mail Express Padded Flat Rate Envelope $22.95 $19.99 $20.66 $18.11
Priority Mail Express Legal Flat Rate Envelope $22.95 $19.99 $20.66 $18.11
Priority Mail Flat Rate Envelope $6.45 $5.75 $5.75 $5.05
Priority Mail Padded Flat Rate Envelope $6.80 $6.10 $6.10 $5.70
Priority Mail Legal Flat Rate Envelope $6.45 $5.90 $5.75 $5.25
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Post Office/Retail Rates Stamps.com Rates
Packages 2016 Postage Rates 2015 Postage Rates 2016 Postage Rates 2015 Postage Rates
Priority Mail Express (0.5 lb.) $22.95 $16.95 $20.66 $13.09
Priority Mail Express Flat Rate Box Discontinued $44.95 Discontinued $44.95
Priority Mail (1 lb.) $6.45 and up $5.75 and up $5.75 and up $5.05 and up
Priority Mail Small Flat Rate Box $6.80 $5.95 $6.10 $5.25
Priority Mail Medium Flat Rate Box $13.45 $12.65 $11.95 $11.30
Priority Mail Large Flat Rate Box $18.75 $17.90 $16.35 $15.80
Priority Mail APO/FPO/DPO Large Flat Rate Box $16.75 $15.90 $14.35 $13.80
Priority Mail Regional Rate Box A $8.26 and up $6.07 and up $6.01 and up $5.32 and up
Priority Mail Regional Rate Box B $8.96 and up $6.91 and up $6.71 and up $6.16 and up
Priority Mail Regional Rate Box C Discontinued $10.60 and up Discontinued $9.85 and up
First Class® Package Service (1 oz.) $2.62 $2.54 $2.60* $2.04
Parcel Select Ground® (1 lb.) Not Available Not Available $5.95 and up $5.70 and up
Media Mail (1 lb.) $2.61 $2.72 $2.61 $2.72
Retail Ground® (formerly Standard Post® - 1 lb.) $6.75 and up $5.75 Not Available Not Available
Library Mail (1 lb.) $2.48 $2.59 $2.48 $2.59
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Post Office/Retail Rates Stamps.com Rates
International 2016 Postage Rates 2015 Postage Rates 2016 Postage Rates 2015 Postage Rates
Global Express Guaranteed (0.5 lb.) $59.95 and up $55.85 and up $56.95 and up $46.91 and up
Priority Mail Express Intl (0.5 lb.) $40.95 and up $38.00 and up $38.90 and up $35.53 and up
Priority Mail Express Intl Flat Rate Box - Canada Discontinued $71.50 Discontinued $65.75
Priority Mail Express Intl Flat Rate Box - Other Countries Discontinued $90.95 Discontinued $83.75
Priority Mail Express Intl Flat Rate Envelopes - Canada $41.50 and up $38.50 $39.45 $35.50
Priority Mail Express Intl Flat Rate Envelopes - Other Countries $57.50 and up $49.95 $54.65 and up $45.95
Priority Mail Intl (1 lb.) - Canada $31.75 and up $30.75 and up $30.16 and up $26.75 and up
Priority Mail Intl (1 lb.) - Other Countries $38.75 and up $37.50 and up $36.81 and up $32.63 and up
Priority Mail Intl Flat Rate Envelopes - Canada $23.95 $21.95 $22.75 $20.85
Priority Mail Intl Flat Rate Envelopes - Other Countries $29.95 and up $26.50 $28.45 and up $25.25
Priority Mail Intl Small Flat Rate Box - Canada $24.95 $21.95 $23.70 $20.85
Priority Mail Intl Small Flat Rate Box - Other Countries $30.95 and up $26.50 $29.40 and up $25.25
Priority Mail Intl Medium Flat Rate Box - Canada $45.95 $45.25 $43.65 $42.95
Priority Mail Intl Medium Flat Rate Box - Other Countries $66.95 and up $66.25 $63.60 and up $62.95
Priority Mail Intl Large Flat Rate Box - Canada $59.95 $59.75 $56.95 $56.75
Priority Mail Intl Large Flat Rate Box - Other Countries $86.95 and up $86.25 $82.60 and up $81.95
First Class Package Intl Service - Canada (1 lb.) $15.50 $11.75 $14.73 and up $10.58
First Class Package Intl Service - Mexico (1 lb.) $20.75 $16.15 $19.71 and up $14.54
First Class Package Intl Service - Other Countries (1 lb.) $22.00 and up $17.50 $20.90 and up $15.75
First Class Mail Intl Letters - Mexico & Canada (1 oz.) $1.15 $1.20 $1.15 $1.20
First Class Mail Intl Letters - Other Countries (1 oz.) $1.15 $1.20 $1.15 $1.20
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Post Office/Retail Rates Stamps.com Rates
Special Services 2016 Postage Rates 2015 Postage Rates 2016 Postage Rates 2015 Postage Rates
Certified Mail™ $3.30 $3.45 $3.30 $3.45
Certificate of Mailing $1.30 $1.35 $1.30 $1.35
Registered Mail™ $11.70 and up $12.20 and up $11.70 and up $12.20 and up
USPS Tracking $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Restricted Delivery $4.95 $5.15 $4.95 $5.15
Return Receipt - (mail) $2.70 $2.80 $2.70 $2.80
Return Receipt - (electronic) $1.35 $1.40 $1.35 $1.40
Return Receipt - (for Merchandise) $4.20 $4.40 $4.20 $4.40
Signature Confirmation™ $2.90 $3.00 $2.35 $2.45
Adult Signature - (Basic) $8.25 Must be purchased online $8.25 $8.60
Adult Signature - (Person Specific) $8.25 Must be purchased online $8.25 $8.60
Package Intercept $12.55 $12.15 $12.55 $12.15
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