5.2% Price Increase for USPS starting in 2014

November 16, 2013  |  What Sells

The USPS has announced their annual postal increases.  Increases go into effect in early 2014.  Facing a $15.9 Billion Dollar Loss in 2012, their new price increases have not held back.  Here is a brief summary:

  • Standard Post prices will increase 5.2 percent for 2014. Prices in Zones 1-4 will now align with the retail Priority Mail prices for those zones. Therefore, customers shipping in those price cells will receive Priority Mail service, and will only default to Standard Post if the item is not permitted to travel by air transportation.
  • Overall, Commercial First Class Package Service prices will increase 5.0 percent, with no structural changes.
  • On average, prices for Parcel Select, the Postal Service’s bulk ground shipping product, will increase 5.9 percent.
  • It appears many retail Flat Rate prices for Priority Mail will remain the same, while large Flat Rate boxes will see an increase: Small, $5.80; Medium, $12.35; Large, $17.45 (up from 16.85); and Large APO/FPO/DPO, $15.45 (up from $14.85). The regular Flat Rate Envelope will be priced at $5.60, with the Legal Size and Padded Flat Rate Envelopes priced at $5.75 and $5.95, respectively.