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USPS 2020 Shipping Rate Changes: Flat Rate, Priority, First Class, w/Tables

By Rob Zaleski
Oct 10, 2019
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The proposed USPS 2020 shipping rate changes have been released across all shipping services and are set to go into effect January 26, 2020. Overall, rates will increase for most products, weights, and zones. We’ll go over changes to the most popular USPS shipping services including Priority Mail, First Class Package, Flat Rate, and Regional Rate. Following 2019’s major structural changes, it appears that the 2020 rate changes are pretty straightforward.

USPS 2020 Shipping Rate Changes Highlights:

  • Priority Mail rates will increase for most packages by an average of 3.0 percent, a much lower increase than the 2019 rate increase of 6.2 percent.
  • Priority Mail Express will increase by an average of 2.2 percent.
  • Last year, First Class Package service saw a major change in rate structure, going to zone-based pricing, which led to a very high average rate increase of 11.9 percent. The 2020 First Class Package rates aren’t seeing as substantial an increase, but will go up an average of 2.2 percent.
  • First Class International rates will increase by an average of 9.9 percent, a substantial increase compared to 3.9 percent in 2019.
  • Priority Mail International rates will see an increase of 6.0 percent, while Priority Mail Express International is only increasing 2.0 percent.
  • On June 23, 2019 the USPS extended dimensional weight (DIM weight) to Priority Mail, Priority Mail Express, and non-lightweight Parcel Select for packages larger than one cubic foot, with the DIM weight divisor changing to 166 (Get a full breakdown of dimensional weight here). There don’t appear to be any further rate changes in 2020 with respect to dimensional weight.

Please note: The rates below are based on USPS Commercial Plus Pricing (CPP), which are deeply discounted rates from retail rates. You can get CPP rates by using ShippingEasy for your e-commerce shipping.

Looking for 2019 USPS shipping rate information? Find last year’s breakdown here.

USPS Flat Rate 2020 Rate Changes

USPS Priority Mail Flat Rate boxes and envelopes are integral shipping services for many online sellers thanks to their simplicity, availability of free packaging, and competitive rates, regardless of package weight or destination. Large Flat Rate boxes saw the most substantial rate increase at 70 cents.

USPS Priority Mail Flat Rate2019 Commercial Plus2020 Commercial PlusPrice Increase
Flat Rate Envelopes$6.95$7.15$0.20
Legal Flat Rate Envelope$7.25$7.45$0.20
Padded Flat Rate Envelope$7.55$7.75$0.20
Small Flat Rate Box$7.50$7.65$0.15
Medium Flat Rate Boxes$12.80$13.20$0.40
Large Flat Rate Boxes$17.60$18.30$0.70
APO/FPO/DPO Large Flat Rate Box$16.10$16.80$0.70

USPS Priority Mail 2020 Rate Changes

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

Below we’ve put together an example of a 4 lb. package and compared 2019 rates to the new 2020 rates going to various zones:

USPS Priority Mail2019 Commercial Plus2020 Commercial PlusPrice Increase
Zones 1 & 2$7.71$7.94$0.23
Zone 3$8.20$8.45$0.25
Zone 4$8.81$9.07$0.26
Zone 5$10.03$10.33$0.30
Zone 6$13.75$14.16$0.41
Zone 7$15.59$16.06$0.47
Zone 8$17.61$18.14$0.53
Zone 9$24.78$28.50$3.72

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To quickly glance over 2019 Priority Mail rates, here is a rate chart for 2019 Commercial Plus Priority Mail shipments up to 10 pounds:

2020
Priority Mail
Rates
L, 1 & 2Zone 3Zone 4Zone 5Zone 6Zone 7Zone 8Zone 9
0.5$7.02$7.35$7.56$7.80$7.98$8.15$8.42$11.40
1$7.02$7.35$7.56$7.80$7.98$8.15$8.42$11.40
2$7.64$7.84$8.12$8.76$9.99$10.54$11.19$17.45
3$7.84$8.23$8.59$9.54$12.15$13.49$15.74$23.67
4$7.94$8.45$9.07$10.33$14.16$16.06$18.14$28.50
5$8.04$8.50$9.39$10.64$16.14$18.46$21.01$33.17
6$8.15$8.54$9.50$14.18$18.47$21.45$24.52$38.01
7$8.39$9.69$9.74$15.89$20.46$24.18$27.55$42.68
8$8.45$10.17$11.49$17.35$22.47$26.63$30.94$47.91
9$9.28$10.56$11.97$18.60$24.45$28.84$34.40$53.28
10$9.76$11.10$12.16$20.30$26.67$32.03$37.78$57.94

USPS First Class Package 2020 Rate Changes

First Class Package service has been the most popular and cheapest USPS service to ship packages under 1 lb. In 2019, this service saw a major change to the pricing structure. Many merchants navigated the changes smoothly, though it certainly made shipping with First Class Package Service more complicated and expensive for small and medium-sized businesses.

An important element to note is that the First Class Package Service rates for packages going to Zones 1 & 2 and weighing 1 to 4 oz will be increasing by 3.01 percent. This is a jump from last year, as the rates stayed the same from 2018 to 2019. This is among the highest increase among weights and zones in this shipping method and will affect many merchants who ship lighter packages nearby.

The same also appears to be true for First Class Package International Service. Group 1 pricing for First Class Package International service is increasing by an average of 20.80 percent, substantially more than nearly every other pricing group other than Pricing Group 3 (21.73 percent).

2020 USPS
First Class Pkg
(weight not over)
1 & 2Zone 3Zone 4Zone 5Zone 6Zone 7Zone 8Zone 9
1 oz$2.74$2.76$2.78$2.84$2.93$3.05$3.18$3.18
2 oz$2.74$2.76$2.78$2.84$2.93$3.05$3.18$3.18
3 oz$2.74$2.76$2.78$2.84$2.93$3.05$3.18$3.18
4 oz$2.74$2.76$2.78$2.84$2.93$3.05$3.18$3.18
5 oz$3.21$3.23$3.25$3.31$3.39$3.52$3.67$3.67
6 oz$3.21$3.23$3.25$3.31$3.39$3.52$3.67$3.67
7 oz$3.21$3.23$3.25$3.31$3.39$3.52$3.67$3.67
8 oz$3.21$3.23$3.25$3.31$3.39$3.52$3.67$3.67
9 oz$3.93$3.97$4.00$4.08$4.18$4.32$4.46$4.46
10 oz$3.93$3.97$4.00$4.08$4.18$4.32$4.46$4.46
11 oz$3.93$3.97$4.00$4.08$4.18$4.32$4.46$4.46
12 oz$3.93$3.97$4.00$4.08$4.18$4.32$4.46$4.46
13 oz$5.04$5.08$5.12$5.27$5.40$5.54$5.70$5.70
14 oz$5.04$5.08$5.12$5.27$5.40$5.54$5.70$5.70
15 oz$5.04$5.08$5.12$5.27$5.40$5.54$5.70$5.70
15.999 oz$5.04$5.08$5.12$5.27$5.40$5.54$5.70$5.70

Regional Rate Shipping 2020 Rate Changes

Regional Rate service is a less-used but useful shipping service. This method lets you ship using preset boxes you can order online, and the rate is cheaper when shipping short distances. Both Regional Rate Box A and B rates will increase across all zones. Regional Rate shipments are mainly designed to be shipped to Zones 1-4, and that is certainly reflected in the Zone 9 increases below.

USPS Regional Rate
Box A
2019
Commercial Plus
2020
Commercial Plus
Price Increase
Zones 1 & 2$7.65$7.68$0.03
Zone 3$7.85$7.92$0.07
Zone 4$8.12$8.21$0.09
Zone 5$8.76$8.92$0.16
Zone 6$10.00$10.42$0.42
Zone 7$10.55$11.13$0.58
Zone 8$11.20$12.10$0.90
Zone 9$15.64$18.69$3.05
USPS Regional Rate
Box B
2019
Commercial Plus
2020
Commercial Plus
Price Increase
Zones 1 & 2$8.05$8.07$0.02
Zone 3$8.50$8.51$0.01
Zone 4$9.40$9.42$0.02
Zone 5$10.65$11.53$0.88
Zone 6$16.15$16.72$0.57
Zone 7$18.47$19.21$0.74
Zone 8$21.03$21.89$0.86
Zone 9$29.73$34.38$4.65

Parcel Select Ground 2020 Changes

Last year, Parcel Select was the only service where we saw numerous rates decrease. That’s not the case this year, as rates increased across the board by an average of 2.5 percent for Parcel Select. We’ve used an example of a 5-pound package to show the changes across zones for Parcel Select shipping rates. Note that this is a much slower service and doesn’t come with the benefits that Priority Mail comes with. Those added benefits often make Priority Mail worth paying the slightly higher rates.

2020 USPS Parcel Select2019 Commercial Plus Rates2020 Commercial Plus RatesPrice Increase
Zones 1 & 2$7.71$7.94$0.23
Zone 3$8.15$8.40$0.25
Zone 4$9.02$9.29$0.27
Zone 5$10.13$10.44$0.31
Zone 6$15.42$15.89$0.47
Zone 7$17.62$18.16$0.54
Zone 8$20.05$20.66$0.61
Zone 9$20.05$20.66$0.61

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Conclusion

While the USPS 2020 shipping rate changes will affect just about every e-commerce shipper, the increased rates still often beat UPS and FedEx services for most package sizes and destinations (see our breakdown of some of the FedEx and UPS announcements and rate changes here). Commercial Plus Pricing, as seen above, will be available from shipping platforms like ShippingEasy to give sellers substantial discounts off retail rates for packages.

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Rob Zaleski

Content Marketing Manager at ShippingEasy
I'm a digital content and social media nerd with a passion for telling stories, helping connect people, and finding joy in the details.