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USPS Temporary Rate Changes For 2021 Peak Shipping

by EasyPost
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As of August 10, 2021, the U.S. Postal Service filed a notice with the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) in regards to a temporary price adjustment for key package products. This is a similar temporary rate adjustment announced before last year’s peak shipping season that aimed to help offset heightened handling costs during peak season.

The Governors of the Postal Service approved the pricing changes on Aug. 5 and the change impacts both commercial and retail domestic competitive parcels; Priority Mail Express (PME), Priority Mail (PM), First-Class Package Service (FCPS), Parcel Select, USPS Retail Ground, and Parcel Return Service are all impacted. This holiday surcharge does NOT affect international parcels.

Rate increases

Here are the planned price changes for this year’s rate adjustments:

  • Priority Mail, Priority Mail Express, Parcel Select Ground:
    • $0.75 increase for PM and PME Flat Rate Boxes and Envelopes
    • $0.25 increase for Zones 1-4, 0-10 lbs.
    • $0.75 increase for Zones 5-9, 0-10 lbs.
    • $1.50 increase for Zones 1-4, 11-20 lbs.
    • $3.00 increase for Zones 5-9, 11-20 lbs.
    • $2.50 increase for Zones 1-4, 21-70 lbs.
    • $5.00 increase for Zones 5-9, 21-70 lbs.
  • First-Class Package Service:
    • $0.30 increase

For a full list of changes in commercial and retail pricing, visit the Postal Explorer website. We’re happy to answer any questions you may have as well.

When do the increases start?

As long as the PRC gives the temporary rates a favorable review, the new rates will kick in at midnight CST on Oct. 3, 2021. These temporary rates will remain in effect until midnight CST on Dec. 26, 2021. EasyPost will continue to keep you updated with any changes or updates from USPS.

If you’re overwhelmed or frustrated by these rate changes, we encourage you to talk to one of our shipping experts. We’ve helped thousands of customers ship millions of packages each month, and our team will work diligently to ensure you have the right information to simplify your shipping needs.