PRC Approves USPS's 2021 Rates
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- 2021 Mailing Rates
- 2021 Shipping Rates
- USPS® Promotions
- 2021 FedEx® Rates
- 2021 UPS® Rates
- IM®pb Information
The rates for Certified Mail will be seeing an increase in 2021 of 5 cents. There will also be an increase of 5 cents to Return Receipt's Retail Electronic price as well. Return Receipt's Retail Hard Copy price will be remaining the same in 2021. While there are some increases, there are some ways to mitigate the impact of these increases on your business.
This means that as of January 24, 2021, it will cost $7.00 to send a First-Class Letter as Certified Mail with a hard copy Return Receipt. This breaks down to:
- $0.55 for the Stamp
- $3.60 for Certified Mail®
- $2.85 for Return Receipt Hard Copy
The complete Postal Service price filings with the new prices for all USPS products can be found on the
USPS website. If you want to keep up with any rate change updates, you can check out the
QuadientDirect Blog. To receive alerts on all USPS postage rate changes, subscribe to our newsletter Quadient Connections.
Priority Mail® Flat Rate:
The most popular USPS service, Priority Mail®, is seeing an average increase of 2.8% for their Flat Rate service. Priority Mail's prices are adjusted to market conditions and are meant to compete with the UPS®, FedEx®, and other carriers. Although Priority Mail® Flat Rate prices are going up, it is still a great value to shippers. It's one of the main reason that the Postal Service does not add surcharges for fuel, residential delivery, or regular Saturday or holiday season delivery. We've highlighted some of the main Priority Mail® Flat Rate price changes below to flat-rate boxes.
Priority Mail Express® Flat Rate:
Priority Mail Express® guarantees delivery of your packages 365 days a year. Like Priority Mail® Flat Rate, you can send items in flat rate boxes or your packaging. This service is not seeing an increase in 2021.
If you are looking to save on Priority Mail costs this year (who isn't), look into printing shipping labels to get discounted rates. Customers who use shipping software to print labels get discounted shipping rates known as Commercial Base pricing when they ship items using Priority Mail®, Priority Mail Express®, or First-Class Package Service.
We are here to help you find what you need this rate change season to help minimize the impact of these increases on your business and budget. That's why we've got resources online, over the phone, and even in person!
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The USPS® has been putting on Promotions & Incentive Programs since 2012 as a way to encourage marketers, printers, and mailers to take advantage of innovative ways to add value to their mail—all while gaining postal discounts. This 2020-2021 season is no different. The USPS has released a slew of promotions around different mail innovations including Informed Delivery, Mobile Shopping and more.
Check out all the details below and see how your business can leverage promotions for improved customer engagement and discounted prices.
FedEx Ground & Home Delivery®:
FedEx Standard Overnight®:
FedEx® One Rate:
Access to the full list of FedEx's affected services as well as download files is available on FedEx's Rate Change FAQ. You can also download the handy joint FedEx and UPS Rate Guide to have the guide available anytime. If you want to keep up with any rate change updates, you can check out the QuadientDirect blog. To receive alerts on all shipping carrier service rate changes, subscribe to our newsletter Quadient Connections.
The charts below contain UPS Service Retail Rates. UPS Service Daily Rates may be lower.
UPS 3 Day Select®:
UPS 2nd Day Air®:
UPS Next Day Air®:
Access to the full list of UPS's affected services is available on UPS's Rate Change Update Page. You can also download the joint FedEx and UPS Rate Guide to have access to the full list of rates and zones. If you want to keep up with any rate change updates, you can check out the QuadientDirect blog. To receive alerts on all shipping carrier service rate changes, subscribe to our newsletter Quadient Connections.
The Intelligent Mail Package Barcode (IM®pb) is the Postal Service's next-gen tracking barcode for parcels and extra services. The barcodes provide you with complete visibility to your package status – from the moment you send your package up to the moment it's delivered. Plus, since the IM®pb labels help make the Postal Service more efficient, they pass along those benefits to you, the shipper, in the form of Commercial Base pricing discounts. The discounted rates are accessible only through the creation of shipping labels generated from online shipping software such as
For more information on Commercial Based Pricing discounts and how you can get them go to our full IM®pb FAQ page.