Postage Rates Have Now Decreased!

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No, you’re not seeing things – you read that correctly! As of April 10, 2016, the USPS has decreased their rates. This marks the second time in 2016 they will have changed prices. Of course, we want to be sure you are all aware of these changes!

Here’s a quick overview of the changes you’ll see.

FIRST CLASS MAIL LETTERS (1 ounce)

These rates have decreased from $0.49 to $0.47 (a change of $0.02). Additional ounces have decreased from $0.22 to $0.21 (a change of $0.01). Additionally, the discounted “Metered Mail” group for First Class Mail Letters has decreased from $0.485 to $0.465 (a change of $0.02) – this includes online postage providers and postage meters.

First Class Mail (Letters) Stamp/Retail Postage Meter
Before After Decrease Before After Decrease
First-Class Letter 1 oz $0.49 $0.47 $0.02 $0.485 $0.465 $0.02
First-Class Letter 2 oz $0.71 $0.68 $0.03 $0.705 $0.675 $0.03
First-Class Letter 3 oz $0.93 $0.89 $0.04 $0.925 $0.885 $0.04
First-Class Letter 3.5 oz $1.15 $1.10 $0.05 $1.145 $1.095 $0.05

FIRST CLASS MAIL FLATS (1 ounce)

These rates have decreased from $0.98 to $0.94 (a change of $0.04). Additional ounces have also decreased from $0.22 to $0.21 (a change of $0.01).

First Class Mail (Flats) January 2016 April 2016 Decrease
1 oz $0.98 $0.94 $0.04
2 oz $1.20 $1.15 $0.05
3 oz $1.42 $1.36 $0.06
4 oz $1.64 $1.57 $0.07
5 oz $1.86 $1.78 $0.08
6 oz $2.08 $1.99 $0.09
7 oz $2.30 $2.20 $0.10
8 oz $2.52 $2.41 $0.11
9 oz $2.74 $2.62 $0.12
10 oz $2.96 $2.83 $0.13
11 oz $3.18 $3.04 $0.14
12 oz $3.40 $3.25 $0.15
13 oz $3.62 $3.46 $0.16

FIRST CLASS MAIL (Parcels)

The prices for First Class Mail Parcels from the Post Office will begin at $2.45 for 1 ounce, previously $2.54 (a change of $0.09).

First Class Mail (Parcels) January 2016 April 2016 Decrease
1 oz $2.54 $2.45 $0.09
2 oz $2.54 $2.45 $0.09
3 oz $2.54 $2.45 $0.09
4 oz $2.74 $2.64 $0.10
5 oz $2.94 $2.83 $0.11
6 oz $3.14 $3.02 $0.12
7 oz $3.34 $3.21 $0.13
8 oz $3.54 $3.40 $0.14
9 oz $3.74 $3.59 $0.15
10 oz $3.94 $3.78 $0.16
11 oz $4.14 $3.97 $0.17
12 oz $4.34 $4.16 $0.18
13 oz $4.54 $4.35 $0.19

Why are we seeing this decrease?

Back in April 2014, there was a 4.3% surcharge granted to the USPS by the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC). This was implemented to help make up for losses encountered during the economic recession. The original agreement estimated the losses to have been recouped by April 2016, which is the reason we are now seeing these decreases. It is simply reversing the prior increases!

Questions? We’ve got answers.

If you’re confused about how this will affect your business, give the experts at EBA Printing a call today. We’ll help you understand how much you’ll save with these newly implemented decreases in postage costs. Click here to get in touch with a representative today!

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