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2021 Postage Rate Chart Changes

Carolyn Angelini Carolyn Angelini Director of Resource and Postal Affairs

AUGUST 2021 UPDATE:

The Postal Service filed new rates with the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) for Market Dominant Rate Changes, and these rate changes will officially go into effect on Sunday, August 29, 2021.

While the average increase is 6.9% across all of the changes proposed, the actual rates at the mail class and presort levels vary. It is important to look at the specifics of your campaigns to determine how the rates will impact your program overall.

Along with the USPS Rate Changes occurring on August 29th, there will also now be two different maximum postcard dimensions of First Class Presorted Postcards. The new maximum size limit for First Class Presorted Postcards will be 9 inches length and 6 inches height, in lieu of the current limits of 6 inches length and 4 ¼ inches height. Keep in mind that unless you want to mail as a First Class postcard, it is more cost effective to mail postcards at Nonprofit Marketing Mail Letter Rates.

Why the change? This has been under consideration the last few years and the USPS hopes the increased size will create additional opportunities for mailers to include new technologies (e.g., QR codes, textures) as well as additional space for creative and copy to defray some of the cost of mailing First Class Presorted Postcards.

Be sure to download our handy 2021 PS Postal Rate Chart and contact a Production Solutions expert today to discuss creative solutions for your budget.

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JANUARY 2021 UPDATE:

The Postal Service filed new rates with the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) for Market Dominant Rate Changes, and these rate changes will officially go into effect on Sunday January 24, 2021.

This is a typical CPI (Consumer Price Index) based rate change under the laws of the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act (PAEA) which was signed into law in 2006 that means rate changes are calculated from a pool of potential changes based on the Consumer Price Index change over the prior year. Based on August results the cap space available to the Postal Service is 1.459 which is lower than any other rate change under the PAEA law.

The postal service did go back and calculated some very small “banked cap” space carried over from years in the past which they added to the pool. In all this allowed them to use 1.836% of potential changes on First Class Mail and 1.509% on Marketing Mail.

Be sure to download our handy 2021 PS Postal Rate Chart and contact a Production Solutions expert today to discuss creative solutions for your budget.

Here are some highlights:

  • The cost of a single piece First Class stamp will remain at $0.55 (zero change).
  • Single Piece Postcards – $0.35 to $0.36
  • 1st Class Auto Presort is increasing 1.7% as a category. 5D 1 oz increase is .009
  • 1st Class Auto Postcards are increasing 3.4% as a category. 5D increase is .009
  • The increase to Nonprofit Letter mail is small – under 2% at the DSCF level and 1.4% at the Automation Category level.
  • Nonprofit Auto Flats under 4 oz are going up 3.4% as a category
  • DSCF 5D under 4 oz is going DOWN .008
  • DNDC 5D under 4 oz going DOWN .01

We are committed to providing you with more information and updating you as soon as we see signals that the Postal Service may release a new proposal.

To access the USPS Notice 123 Price List for a full outline of new prices you can access this link:  https://pe.usps.com/resources/PriceChange/January%202021%20-%20Notice123.pdf

About the Author

Carolyn Angelini
Carolyn Angelini Director of Resource and Postal Affairs

Carolyn, PS’ Director of Resource and Postal Affairs, has been serving with PS since 2016. With over 24 years of experience in our industry, Carolyn has a deep knowledge about sourcing and managing supplier relationship across various operational areas and a significant portion of her career has been focused on direct mail, fulfillment and postal topics. Carolyn defines clear expectations and she understands and conveys PS’ mission with authentic communication and care. 

Carolyn is from Randolph, New Jersey and she telecommutes full-time from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Carolyn enjoys spending time with her three kids, Crossfit, volunteering in her kids’ Cub Scout Pack and swooning over Mid-Century modern architecture and furnishings.