Postage Rate Increase

Info on the USPS Temporary Postage Rate Increase (starting October 2020)

The USPS will implement a temporary postage rate increase for commercial shipping products on Sunday, October 18, 2020.

  • The USPS temporary rates will start at 12:01 am ET Sunday, October 18, 2020 and will end at 11:59 pm ET Saturday, December 26, 2020.
  • The USPS temporary rate increase will only impact commercial shippers. Rates at the Post Office will not change.
  • Priority Mail Express will see an average rate increase of 4.4% during the 2020 holiday period. Commercial Base (online postage) rates will start at $24.25 (previously $22.75).
  • Priority Mail will see an average rate increase of 4.2% during the 2020 holiday period. Commercial Base (online postage) rates will start at $7.42 (previously $7.02).
  • First Class Package Service will see an average rate increase of 7.0% during the 2020 holiday period. Commercial Base (online postage) rates will start at $2.99 (previously $2.74).
  • Parcel Select Ground will see an average rate increase of 3.0% during the 2020 holiday period. Commercial Base (online postage) rates will start at $7.32 (previously $6.92).

Summary of the 2020 Postage Rate Increase (implemented January 2020):


Domestic Mailing:
  • The First Class Mail letter (1 oz.) rate for postage purchased at the Post Office will remain at $0.55 (no change from 2019).
  • Each additional ounce for a First Class Mail letter will cost $0.15 (no change from 2019).
  • “Metered Mail” rates for First Class Mail letters (1 oz.), which includes online postage and postage meters, will remain at $0.50 (no change from 2019). This five cent discount represents a savings of 9% compared to Post Office rates.
  • First Class Mail Flats/Large Envelopes (1 oz.) rates will not increase and will remain at $1.00 (no change from 2019). Each additional ounce will cost $0.20, a five cent increase from 2019.

Domestic Shipping:
  • Priority Mail Express will see an overall rate increase of 2.2% in 2020. Commercial Base (online postage) rates will start at $22.75 (previously $22.68).
  • Priority Mail will see an average rate increase of 2.8% in 2020. Commercial Base (online postage) rates will start at $7.02 (previously $6.95).
  • First Class Package Service will see an average rate increase of 2.2% in 2020. Commercial Base (online postage) rates will start at $2.74 (previously at $2.66).
  • Parcel Select Ground will see an average rate decrease of 2.5% in 2020. Commercial Base (online postage) rates will start at $6.92 (previously $6.85).
  • Media Mail rates will increase by 1.9% in 2020. Rates will start at $2.80 (previously $2.75).

International Shipping:
  • Priority Mail Express International will see an average rate increase of 2.0% in 2020. Commercial Base (online postage) rates will start at $42.85 (previously $42.00).
  • Priority Mail International will see an average rate increase of 6.0% in 2020. Commercial Base (online postage) rates will start at $34.53 (previously $32.59).
  • First Class Package International Service will see an average rate increase of 9.9% in 2020. Commercial Base (online postage) rates will start at $11.64 (previously $9.98).
Post Office/Retail Rates Stamps.com Rates
Letters 2020 Postage Rates 2019 Postage Rates 2020 Postage Rates 2019 Postage Rates
First-Class Mail letter (1 oz.) $0.55 $0.55 $0.50 $0.50
First-Class Mail letter - each additional ounce $0.15 $0.15 $0.15 $0.15
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 $0.20 $0.15 $0.20 $0.15
Postcard $0.35 $0.35 $0.35 $0.35
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Post Office/Retail Rates Stamps.com Rates
Flat Rate Envelopes 2020 Postage Rates 2019 Postage Rates 2020 Postage Rates 2019 Postage Rates
Priority Mail Express Flat Rate Envelope $26.35 $25.50 $22.75 $22.68
Priority Mail Express Padded Flat Rate Envelope $26.95 $26.20 $23.25 $23.18
Priority Mail Express Legal Flat Rate Envelope $26.50 $25.70 $22.95 $22.80
Priority Mail Flat Rate Envelope $7.75 $7.35 $7.15 $6.95
Priority Mail Padded Flat Rate Envelope $8.40 $8.00 $7.75 $7.55
Priority Mail Legal Flat Rate Envelope $8.05 $7.65 $7.45 $7.25
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Post Office/Retail Rates Stamps.com Rates
Packages 2020 Postage Rates 2019 Postage Rates 2020 Postage Rates 2019 Postage Rates
Priority Mail Express (0.5 lb.) $29.35 and up $25.50 and up $22.75 and up $22.68 and up
Priority Mail Express Flat Rate Box Discontinued Discontinued Discontinued Discontinued
Priority Mail (1 lb.) $7.50 and up $7.35 and up $7.02 and up $6.95 and up
Priority Mail Small Flat Rate Box $8.30 $7.90 $7.65 $7.50
Priority Mail Medium Flat Rate Box $15.05 $14.35 $13.20 $12.80
Priority Mail Large Flat Rate Box $21.10 $19.95 $18.30 $17.60
Priority Mail APO/FPO/DPO Large Flat Rate Box $19.60 $18.45 $16.80 $16.10
Priority Mail Regional Rate Box A $9.98 and up $9.95 and up $7.68 and up $7.65 and up
Priority Mail Regional Rate Box B $10.37 and up $10.35 and up $8.07 and up $8.05 and up
Priority Mail Regional Rate Box C Discontinued Discontinued Discontinued Discontinued
First Class® Package Service (1 oz.) $3.80 and up $3.66 and up $2.74 and up $2.66 and up
Parcel Select Ground® (1 lb.) Not Available Not Available $6.92 and up $6.85 and up
Media Mail (1 lb.) $2.80 $2.75 $2.80 $2.75
Retail Ground® (formerly Standard Post® - 1 lb.) $7.50 and up $7.35 and up Not Available Not Available
Library Mail (1 lb.) $2.66 $2.61 Not Available Not Available
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Post Office/Retail Rates Stamps.com Rates
International 2020 Postage Rates 2019 Postage Rates 2020 Postage Rates 2019 Postage Rates
Global Express Guaranteed (0.5 lb.) $67.80 and up $67.80 and up $64.41 and up $64.41 and up
Priority Mail Express Intl (0.5 lb.) $45.95 and up $44.00 and up $42.85 and up $42.00 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 $45.95 and up $44.50 and up $42.85 $42.30
Priority Mail Express Intl Flat Rate Envelopes - Other Countries $61.65 and up $61.85 and up $56.75 and up $56.75 and up
Priority Mail Intl (1 lb.) - Canada $36.35 and up $34.30 and up $34.53 and up $32.59 and up
Priority Mail Intl (1 lb.) - Other Countries $44.50 and up $41.80 and up $42.28 and up $39.71 and up
Priority Mail Intl Flat Rate Envelopes - Canada $26.90 $25.85 $25.22 $24.55
Priority Mail Intl Flat Rate Envelopes - Other Countries $33.75 and up $32.20 and up $32.05 and up $30.60 and up
Priority Mail Intl Small Flat Rate Box - Canada $27.90 $26.85 $26.50 $25.50
Priority Mail Intl Small Flat Rate Box - Other Countries $35.35 and up $33.60 and up $33.60 and up $31.90 and up
Priority Mail Intl Medium Flat Rate Box - Canada $51.55 $49.60 $48.95 $47.10
Priority Mail Intl Medium Flat Rate Box - Other Countries $75.95 and up $72.30 and up $72.15 and up $68.70 and up
Priority Mail Intl Large Flat Rate Box - Canada $67.05 $64.50 $63.70 $61.30
Priority Mail Intl Large Flat Rate Box - Other Countries $99.10 and up $94.25 and up $94.15 and up $89.55 and up
First Class Package Intl Service - Canada (1 lb.) $20.75 $17.25 $19.71 and up $16.93 and up
First Class Package Intl Service - Mexico (1 lb.) $21.75 $21.50 $20.66 and up $20.43 and up
First Class Package Intl Service - Other Countries (1 lb.) $24.50 and up $23.50 and up $23.28 and up $22.33 and up
First Class Mail Intl Letters - Mexico & Canada (1 oz.) $1.20 $1.15 $1.20 $1.15
First Class Mail Intl Letters - Other Countries (1 oz.) $1.20 $1.15 $1.20 $1.15
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Post Office/Retail Rates Stamps.com Rates
Special Services 2020 Postage Rates 2019 Postage Rates 2020 Postage Rates 2019 Postage Rates
Certified Mail™ $3.55 $3.50 $3.55 $3.50
Certificate of Mailing $1.50 $1.45 $1.50 $1.45
Registered Mail™ $12.60 and up $12.40 and up $12.60 and up $12.40 and up
USPS Tracking $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Restricted Delivery $5.30 $5.20 $5.30 $5.20
Return Receipt - (mail) $2.85 $2.80 $2.85 $2.80
Return Receipt - (electronic) $1.70 $1.60 $1.70 $1.60
Return Receipt - (for Merchandise) $4.30 $4.30 $4.30 $4.30
Signature Confirmation™ $3.15 $3.05 $3.15 $2.60
Adult Signature - (Basic) $6.65 $6.40 $6.65 $6.40
Adult Signature - (Person Specific) $6.90 $6.66 $6.90 $6.66
Package Intercept $14.65 $14.10 $14.65 $14.10
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