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All Things Shipping | December 12, 2019

The 2020 USPS Postage Rates Changes (with Charts)

By Shippo

New United States Postal Service (USPS) postage rates take effect January 26. Here, we share new rate charts for popular USPS service levels. 

Shipping rates are critical, both for you and your customers: 58% of consumers expect product pages to include the cost of shipping, and 56% of retailers find cost to be the biggest challenge to their business when it comes to shipping (see more insights in our 2019 State of Shipping Report). Understanding the rate changes and different services will help you make the best decisions for your business.

Need personalized shipping analysis for your business? Get in touch, we’ve got you covered with a Shippo Shipping Specialist.

 

How Will the 2020 USPS Postage Rates Change?

Most rates have increased moderately. As a quick reminder, using Shippo guarantees the lowest possible rates with USPS Commercial Plus Pricing (CPP) , discounted far below what you’ll get at the Post Office (commonly called Retail rates). There are no volume requirements to access Shippo’s discounts. All merchants can benefit right from the start. 

2020 USPS Priority Mail Rates

With a great balance of cost and speed, USPS Priority Mail is a mainstay for many e-commerce businesses. Depending on origin and destination, packages shipped via Priority Mail arrive within 1-3 business days. You can use your own packaging to ship via Priority Mail, and USPS Tracking and insurance up to $50 are included for most shipments.

Shippo’s USPS Priority Mail rates are deeply discounted —up to 40 percent over Retail.

Quick facts:

  • Priority Mail packages from 1-5 Lbs will see a price increase of 2.7%,
  • Higher weights will see an average increase of 6.6%, 
  • Cubic pricing will increase by some 4.8% 

 

Check out 2020 USPS Priority Mail rates accessible via Shippo:

2020 USPS Priority Mail Rates – Shippo Rates 

Weight (pounds)Zone 0,1,2Zone 3Zone 4Zone 5Zone 6Zone 7Zone 8Zone 9
17.027.357.567.807.988.158.4211.40
27.647.848.128.769.9910.5411.1917.45
37.848.238.599.5412.1513.4915.7423.67
47.948.459.0710.3314.1616.0618.1428.50
58.048.509.3910.6416.1418.4621.0133.17
68.158.549.5014.1818.4721.4524.5238.01
78.399.699.7415.8920.4624.1827.5542.68
88.4510.1711.4917.3522.4726.6330.9447.91
99.2810.5611.9718.6024.4528.8434.4053.28
109.7611.1012.1620.3026.6732.0337.7857.94

 

2019 vs. 2020 USPS Priority Mail Rate Comparison

Understanding how 2020 rates differ from 2019 allows you to plan and budget appropriately.

Let’s look at the reported increase for USPS Priority Mail. CPP rates, we estimate increased from 2019 by 4.47%.

2019 vs. 2020 USPS Priority Mail – Shippo Rates (CPP)
Weight (pounds)Zone 0,1,2Zone 3Zone 4Zone 5Zone 6Zone 7Zone 8Zone 9
11.01%0.96%0.93%1.96%2.05%2.00%2.06%15.04%
22.96%3.02%3.05%3.06%2.99%3.03%3.04%15.03%
33.02%3.00%3.00%3.02%2.97%2.98%3.01%15.01%
42.98%3.05%2.95%2.99%2.98%3.01%3.01%15.01%
52.94%3.03%2.96%3.00%3.00%3.01%2.99%15.01%
63.03%3.02%3.04%2.98%3.01%2.98%2.98%15.01%
72.94%2.98%2.96%2.98%3.02%2.98%2.99%15.01%
83.05%3.04%2.96%3.03%2.98%3.02%3.00%15.00%
93.00%3.02%3.01%2.99%2.99%3.00%2.99%15.00%
104.05%4.03%4.02%4.05%4.02%4.03%4.02%15.01%

 

2020 Shippo vs. Retail Rates

Finally, we’ll look at our Top 3 most-popular USPS Zones to see the 2020 cost savings, comparing Shippo versus Retail rates (full price post office rates). 

Here’s the Zone 4 breakdown for packages weighing up to 10 pounds.

2020 USPS Priority Mail – Shippo vs. Retail Rates
Zone 4
Weight (pounds)Shippo RateRetail RateSavings Using Shippo vs. Retail% Savings with Shippo
17.568.00$0.446%
28.129.90$1.7818%
38.5910.90$2.3121%
49.0711.55$2.4821%
59.3912.25$2.8623%
69.5012.80$3.3026%
79.7415.40$5.6637%
811.4917.10$5.6133%
911.9718.95$6.9837%
1012.1620.40$8.2440%

 

Zone 5: For packages weighing up to 10 pounds.

2020 USPS Priority Mail – Shippo vs. Retail Rates
Zone 5
Weight (pounds)Shippo RateRetail RateSavings Using Shippo vs. Retail% Savings with Shippo
17.808.25.455%
28.7610.902.1420%
39.5412.553.0124%
410.3313.953.6226%
510.6414.403.7626%
614.1815.701.5210%
715.8918.953.0616%
817.3522.555.223%
918.6025.75 7.1528%
1020.3027.907.627%

 

Zone 8, up to 10 pounds:

2020 USPS Priority Mail – Shippo vs. Retail Rates
Zone 8
Weight (pounds)Shippo RateRetail RateSavings Using Shippo vs. Retail% Savings with Shippo
18.429.60$1.1812%
211.1914.90$3.7125%
315.7420.00$4.2621%
418.1423.15$5.0122%
521.0126.70$5.6921%
624.5229.20$4.6816%
727.5532.85$5.316%
830.9436.75$5.8116%
934.4040.90$6.5016%
1037.7844.55$6.7715%

2020 USPS Priority Mail Flat Rate Prices

 

USPS Priority Mail Flat Rate Boxes

 

 

Simplicity

USPS Priority Mail Flat Rate boxes and envelopes are easy to use and eliminate several of the complexities involved in calculating shipping costs.. 

  • Standardized packaging is helpful for cost shipping cost forecasting: “If it fits, it ships.” 
  • Boxes are free and the USPS will even deliver them to your business you pay a flat rate to ship a package weighing up to 20 pounds anywhere in the U.S. between 1-3 business days.

Here are USPS Priority Mail Flat Rate prices you’ll get using Shippo in 2020. We also included the USPS Retail rates for comparison. A quick highlight: Shippo saves e-commerce businesses between 8 and 14 percent compared to Retail rates for Priority Mail Flat Rate boxes.

2020 USPS Priority Mail Flat Rate – Shippo vs. Retail Rates
ProductsShippo RateRetailSavings with Shippo% Savings with Shippo
Flat Rate Envelope7.157.75$0.608%
Legal Flat Rate Envelope7.458.05$0.607%
Padded Flat Rate Envelope7.758.4$0.658%
Small Flat Rate Box7.658.3$0.658%
Medium Flat Rate Boxes13.215.05$1.8512%
Large Flat Rate Boxes18.321.1$2.8013%
APO/FPO/DPO Large Flat Rate Box16.819.6$2.8014%

2020 USPS Priority Mail Regional Rate Prices

 

USPS Priority Mail Regional Rate Box A

One of the Postal Service’s best-kept secrets, USPS Priority Mail Regional Rate Boxes operate similarly to USPS Priority Mail Flat Rate boxes.

You need shipping software, like Shippo, to access USPS Priority Mail Regional Rate prices. The USPS does not publicly offer this service, so you can’t purchase it at the Post Office and Retail rates are not available to compare. Using this service level requires an official USPS-produced Priority Mail Regional Rate Box. Get the boxes for free here.

Quick facts:

  • Rates for Priority Mail Regional Rate Boxes will be increasing for all shipping zones in 2020.
  • When sealing a Regional Rate Box, the container flaps must be able to close within the normal folds.
  • Regional Rate Boxes exceeding maximum weight limits specified below or with container flaps that don’t close within the normal folds are assessed at applicable Priority Mail prices. Regional Rate Box options include:
    • Box A: (Side loading or top loading box), with a maximum weight limit of 15 pounds.
    • Box B: (Side loading or top loading box), with a maximum weight limit of 20 pounds.

Here are the 2019 USPS Priority Mail Regional Rate Box A and B prices.

2020 USPS Priority Mail Regional Rate Box A & B – Shippo Rates
BoxL, 1 & 2Zone 3Zone 4Zone 5Zone 6Zone 7Zone 8Zone 9
A7.687.928.218.9210.4211.1312.1018.69
B8.078.519.4211.5316.7219.2121.8934.38

 

USPS Priority Mail Regional Rate Box A prices are more affordable than Priority Mail starting at the 3 pound package weight mark . If your product will fit in the box (10 inches x 7 inches x 4.75 inches), you should strongly consider this option.

Here’s a chart comparing Shippo’s USPS Priority Mail rates with our USPS Priority Mail Regional Rate Box A prices

 

  • The Regional Rate Box A competitive for any package highlighted in blue (your product needs to fit in the dimensions of the boxes and the free USPS-provided boxes can be used).
2020 USPS Priority Mail vs. Regional Rate Box A – Shippo Rates
Weight (pounds)Zone 0,1,2Zone 3Zone 4Zone 5Zone 6Zone 7Zone 8Zone 9
17.027.357.567.807.988.158.4211.40
27.647.848.128.769.9910.5411.1917.45
37.848.238.599.5412.1513.4915.7423.67
47.948.459.0710.3314.1616.0618.1428.50
58.048.509.3910.6416.1418.4621.0133.17
68.158.549.5014.1818.4721.4524.5238.01
78.399.699.7415.8920.4624.1827.5542.68
88.4510.1711.4917.3522.4726.6330.9447.91
99.2810.5611.9718.6024.4528.8434.4053.28
109.7611.1012.1620.3026.6732.0337.7857.94

 

The USPS Priority Mail Regional Rate Box B to be more affordable than Priority Mail starting at the 6 pound mark across all zones. 

Ideal for: Heavy items that fit in the box (12 inches x 10.25 inches x 5 inches)

Here’s a chart comparing Shippo’s USPS Priority Mail rates with our USPS Priority Mail Regional Rate Box B prices. Just like above, the Regional Rate Box B is a competitive option for any package highlighted in blue. 

2019 USPS Priority Mail vs. Regional Rate Box B – Shippo Rates
Weight (pounds)Zone 0,1,2Zone 3Zone 4Zone 5Zone 6Zone 7Zone 8Zone 9
17.027.357.567.807.988.158.4211.40
27.647.848.128.769.9910.5411.1917.45
37.848.238.599.5412.1513.4915.7423.67
47.948.459.0710.3314.1616.0618.1428.50
58.048.509.3910.6416.1418.4621.0133.17
68.158.549.5014.1818.4721.4524.5238.01
78.399.699.7415.8920.4624.1827.5542.68
88.4510.1711.4917.3522.4726.6330.9447.91
99.2810.5611.9718.6024.4528.8434.4053.28
109.7611.1012.1620.3026.6732.0337.7857.94

 

2020 USPS First Class Package Service Rates

 

USPS First Class Package Service

USPS First Class Package Services (FCPS) quick facts

  • First Class Package Service rates will increase by 2.2% on average. 
  • This service level is only applicable for shipments weighing one pound or less.
  • Is always the cheapest option for shipments under one pound. And is a cost-effective shipping option for lightweight shipments compared to Priority Mail which will cost more but allows for packages up to 70 pounds
  • Unlike priority mail and priority mail express, insurance is not included with FC by default, and must be purchased additionally. 

The new 2019 USPS FCPS rates.

2020 USPS First Class Package Service – Shippo Rates
Weight is Less Than (ounces)1 & 2Zone 3Zone 4Zone 5Zone 6Zone 7Zone 8Zone 9
1 – 42.742.762.782.842.933.053.183.18
5 – 83.213.233.253.313.393.523.673.67
9 – 123.933.9744.084.184.324.464.46
13 – 15.9995.045.085.125.275.45.545.75.7

2020 USPS First Class Package Service Shippo vs. Retail Rates

With Shippo, you get access to the lowest possible 2020 FCPS rates, anywhere – up to 30% off Retail rates for the cheapest shipping option for lightweight packages.  

For clarity, let’s use our same Top 3 USPS Zones to compare Shippo and Retail rates.

2020 USPS First Class Package Service – Shippo vs. Retail Rates
Zone 4
Weight is Less Than (ounces)Shippo RateRetail RateSavings Using Shippo vs. Retail% Savings with Shippo
1 – 42.783.9$ 1.1228.72%
5 – 83.254.7$ 1.4530.85%
9 – 1245.4$ 1.4025.93%
13 – 15.9995.126.05$ 0.9315.37%

 

2020 USPS First Class Package Service – Shippo vs. Retail Rates
Zone 5
Weight is Less Than (ounces)Shippo RateRetail RateSavings Using Shippo vs. Retail% Savings with Shippo
1 – 42.843.95$ 1.1128.10%
5 – 83.314.75$ 1.4430.32%
9 – 124.085.45$ 1.3725.14%
13 – 15.9995.276.15$ 0.8814.31%

 

2020 USPS First Class Package Service – Shippo vs. Retail Rates
Zone 8
Weight is Less Than (ounces)Shippo RateRetail RateSavings Using Shippo vs. Retail% Savings with Shippo
1 – 43.184.2$ 1.0224.29%
5 – 83.675$ 1.3326.60%
9 – 124.465.75$ 1.2922.43%
13 – 15.9995.76.5$ 0.8012.31%

 

As in previous years, most rates have increased across the board, but the 2020 USPS rates in most cases remain more affordable than other carriers such as UPS or FedEx. Lighter weight packages especially benefit from the USPS pricing

For every order, Shippo lets you compare discounted rates and transit times from multiple carriers and service levels for every order to find the best option every time. ing from multiple carries when necessary. 

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