USPS Price Changes to Take Effect on January 27, 2019

USPS Price Changes to Take Effect on January 27, 2019Back in October 2018, the United States Postal Service announced new postage rates effective January 27, 2019. Here are the most important things you need to know about the postal rate changes.

Mailing Services prices have increased approximately 2.5% based on the CPI (Consumer Price Index). The increase in Shipping Services price varies by product (for example, 3.9% for Priority Mail Express and 5.9% for Priority Mail) depending on market conditions.

Before the rate changes, First-Class Mail Packages were rated only by weight. Once the changes are implemented, the postage amount will also depend on the distance from your shipping ZIP code. Zone-based pricing is introduced to better align with the cost of service.

Balloon pricing for Priority Mail and Parcel Select packages will be discontinued. Lightweight packages with a combined length and girth between 84 and 108 inches won’t be charged the price for a piece weighing 20 pounds anymore.

In addition, several countries has changed their name or postal name. Although this is not part of the impending rate change, it deserves a mention. England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland should now be addressed as the United Kingdom. Swaziland has changed its name to the Kingdom of Eswatini, or simply Eswatini.