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USPS 2017 Shipping Rate Changes: Flat Rate, Priority, First Class, w/ Tables
By Oliver Trunkett, Oct 25, 2016

USPS recently released their proposed 2017 rates across all shipping services. While these rates are “proposed” and not final, there is very little chance they will change before they become officially finalized. There are increases across the board for domestic services, but USPS has chosen not to increase rates for international services.

In this post, we’ll go over changes to USPS’ most popular shipping services including Priority Mail, First Class Package, Flat Rate, and Regional Rate.

Quick note: I’ll be using Commercial Plus Pricing for this entire post. USPS has also updated Retail and Commercial Base Pricing rates, however, for the sake of consistency I’ll only be covering CPP. You can get CPP rates by using ShippingEasy for your eCommerce shipping.


Flat Rate 2017 Rate Changes

One of the biggest rate changes people look for are to USPS Priority Mail Flat Rate boxes and envelopes. This shipping service is a go-to for many online sellers for its simplicity, free packaging, and competitive rate no matter how heavy, or how far the package is traveling. Padded flat rate envelopes, arguably the best value of all flat rate services, will see a 40-cent increase, making it 5 cents more expensive than using a Small Flat Rate Box.

flat rate changes 2016 2017


Priority Mail Rate Changes 2017

Priority Mail is the core parcel shipping service from USPS. It’s a versatile shipping service that is used to ship millions of packages every day.

As an example, we’ve taken 2 lb. packages and compared 2016 rates to the new 2017 rates going to various Zones:



To quickly glance over 2017 Priority Mail rates, here is a rate chart for 2017 Commercial Plus Priority Mail shipments:

priority mail 2017 rate chart

You can look at a comparison of popular 2016 rates on our USPS rate tables.


First Class Package 2017 Rate Changes

First Class Package service, USPS’ most popular and cheapest service to ship packages under 1 lb., will see an increase across all weight categories with an average increase of 21 cents. The lightest packages, from 1 oz. to 4 oz., will only see a 1 cent rate increase. While all other rate increases are over 10 cents, 9 oz. packages will only see a 2-cent increase, which looks like a sweet spot to hit for shippers.

first class package rates 2016 vs 2017


Regional Rate Shipping Rate Changes 2017

Regional Rate service, a less used but useful shipping service that comes in preset boxes you order online and is cheaper when shipping short distances, will see a small rate increase for both Regional Rate Box A and Regional Rate Box B. One seemingly strange change is a 49-cent rate reduction for Box A shipments going to Zone 8, but Regional Rate shipments are designed to be shipped to Zones 1-4.

Regional Rates Box A 2016 vs 2017 rates


Regional Rates Box B 2016 vs 2017 Rates


Priority Mail International and First Class Package International 2017 Rate Changes

A nice move for USPS, international shipments won’t be seeing any rate increases this year, which many eCommerce sellers will be thankful for. First Class Package International will still be a very competitive service, especially since it is going another full year without a rate hike.



While USPS is increasing their rates, the increases are modest and below the increase percentage UPS and FedEx are proposing for their services. Commercial Plus Pricing will also still be available to give sellers better discounts on packages.

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Oliver Trunkett

Digital Marketing and Growth at ShippingEasy
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