2020 USPS Rate Changes – What You Need to Know

The US Postal Service has increased their rates again, starting yesterday, January 26, 2020.

If you’re a current customer of Fulfillrite, you need to be aware of these rate changes. But first, let’s answer a few common questions.

Does it cost more to send a letter now?

No. Stamps still cost $0.55. You only need one stamp to send a First Class Mail letter (not to exceed 1 oz.), and each additional ounce is $0.15 (just like last year). Postage purchased through Fulfillrite’s Client Dashboard discounted from this rate that is not available at the Post Office.

Will Fulfillrite still be discounting online shipping?

Yes. We aggressively negotiate discounted shipping rates for USPS as well as FedEx, UPS, DHL, and other carriers such as Asendia and ZoneJump. Even though the cost of postage is going up, our rates are still steeply discounted from the retail price.

How heavy can a package sent through First Class Package Service be?

First Class Package Service is only applicable to packages that weigh less than 16 oz. That is, 15.999 oz. is acceptable, but 16 oz. is not. After crossing the 16 oz. (1 lb.) threshold, packages are automatically upgraded to Priority Mail.

Can Fulfillrite send First Class Mail International Large Envelopes/Flats?

Yes, your access to First Class Mail International Large Envelopes/Flats will not be affected by the USPS rate increases.

What happened with USPS and the Universal Postal Union?

To borrow a detailed answer from Stamps.com:

In September 2019, the Universal Postal Union (UPU) agreed to allow certain countries, including the U.S., to change the international shipping rates for small packages/bulky letters being imported into host countries. While USPS International Shipping services will remain unchanged, it’s possible the rates to ship items from the U.S. to international destinations could increase starting July 1, 2020, based on the UPU agreement.

Where can I find a detailed list of all changes to the USPS shipping rates?

ShippingEasy has compiled an excellent in-depth guide with multiple rate tables. You can find it here.

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