Understanding the 2013 U.S. Postal Service® Price Changes

2013 USPS Rates

Every year the USPS raises prices and makes changes to how postage should be applied. Here’s the short take on the 2013 changes:

    • Parcel Post® is now called Standard Post and is ONLY available at the retail counter. (Parcel Select is a comparable mail class for electronic customers)
    • First-Class Mail International Parcel is now called First Class Package International Service.
    • International Electronic USPS Delivery Confirmation® will now be available, and FREE, for First-Class Package International Service and select Priority Mail International packages (only on shipments to Canada, 19 countries to be added in April 2013)
    • Express Mail International Flat Rate Envelope weight limit has been reduced from 20 lbs to 4 lbs
    • Express Mail International now includes the first $200 of USPS insurance
    • Optional expedited delivery of USPS packaging is available for $2.50
    • Commercial Base discounts are growing in 2013.
    • First-Class Mail 1 ounce stamp is increasing by $0.01 to $0.46.

For full information on the new changes – and how to best use USPS mail classes for your business, click here to download a comprehensive PDF.

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