For the past 21 years, I have been creating comparison charts for our clients that go over the changes in rates to show how it will affect budgets. The reason that I do this is that when the USPS® talks about a 1.8% increase in Mailing Services and a 3.5% increase in Priority Mail, this is overall. Based on the type of mail you send, the increase could be higher or lower. You need to look at the class, weight, zone, density and special services required to see the true impact. Also, when you look at the new rate charts provided by the USPS, they typically will not show the level of detail needed (Previous and new rates, side by side) to see these differences.
The remainder of this article will look at the main classes of mail to break down the specific increases and decreases. Hopefully, this will help you budget by seeing the impact of the most common services that you use today. At the bottom of this article there is also a link to an excel tool where you can plug in your mail volumes to see the impact to your organization.
Here is a link to a simple chart of all the rates below.
First-Class Mail® Single Piece – 0% – 13.8% Increase
The price of a stamp will stay the same for the first ounce, but the additional ounce rate is increasing from $.15 to $.20. This will make heavier letters significantly more expensive. Metered Letters are seeing a $.01 increase to $.51 and will have the same additional ounce increase. Flats are staying flat and will not go up.