2018 Postal Rate Changes
USPS rate changes effective January 21, 2018
Changes to First-Class Mail®:
- First-Class Mail® Letters up to 1 ounce: price increases from $0.49 to $0.50
- First-Class Metered Mail: price increases from $0.46 to $0.47. Metered mail discount remains 3 cents when compared to stamped letters.
- First-Class Mail® Flats up to 1 ounce: price increases from $0.98 to $1.00
- First-Class Mail® Parcels (Retail): pay one price up to 4 ounces: $3.50, an increase of $0.50.
- Marketing Mail prices (formerly known as Standard Mail), increase 1.9% on average, as do prices for Bound Printed Matter, Media Mail® and Library Mail.
Changes to Presorted mail:
- Presorting First-Class Mail allows mailers to cut down on postage costs by taking advantage of USPS workshare discounts. The January 2018 rate change will maintain many of those discounts.
- Overall prices for Presort Letter/Postcards increased by 1.591 percent, but presorting to the five-digit ZIP code level remains 3 cents cheaper than sorting to the AADC level.
- Meanwhile, the difference in price between Mixed AADC (MAADC) automation letters and AADC automation letters was reduced from 2 cents to 1.6 cents.
- Rates for automated presort flats decreased by 1.6 cents, except for flats sorted to the five-digit level. In that case, the discount was reduced in order to meet statutory requirements.
- The USPS is also continuing an incentive that allows First-Class mailers that presort their mail to send letters weighing up to 3.5 ounces for the same price as a 1-ounce letter. In other words, you can send more mail for the price of just 1 ounce.
- Full Service Intelligent Mail® Barcode (FS IMb) on First-Class and Marketing Mail will continue to provide a $0.003 and $0.001 discount, respectively.
Source: Pitney Bowes & USPS.com