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January 27, 2019 USPS Rate Change

On January 27th, 2019 the USPS postage rates will be changing.  The main change is that the cost of a first class stamp will be increasing from 50 cents to 55 cents, but there are also changes to bulk mail prices as well.  Below is a high level summary of the changes that will be made.

Full Rate First Class Postage:  The price of a stamp will increase. The price to meter a full rate first class letter will also increase but by only 3 cents

  • First class stamps have increase by 5 cents to $0.55 per piece

  • First class flats (large envelopes) will remain the same

  • The cost of an additional ounce will decrease from 20 cents to 17 cents 

First Class 2019 Postage Rates

Presorted First Class: Rates will remain relatively constant. Below are some general mailing classes for a comparison

Presorted First Class 2019 Postage Rates

Standard or Marketing Mail Class: Rates will increase by about 3%.  Below are some general mailing classes for a comparison. 

Standard Marketing Mail 2019 Postage Rates

Non Profit: Non Profit letter rates will increase on average by about 3%. Below are some general mailing classes for a comparison.

Non profit 2019 Postage Rates

First Class Package

  • First class package rates will increase by about 11.9%

  • The USPS is moving to zone based pricing similar to how Priority Mail is price. This means that no longer will the first class packages be the same rate regardless of where in the US they are being shipped.

Priority Mail

  • Priority Mail rates will increase by about 5.9%

You can stock up on forever stamps while they are still $0.50 but after January 27th all stamps and mail sent at bulk mail rates will have the new prices.


 For more in-depth information on these rate changes please contact us at (760) 480-2323.