How 2020 Postage Rates Will Impact Online Sellers

  • Priority Mail Padded Flat Rate Padded Envelope – increasing $0.20 to $7.75 from $7.55 in 2019
  • Priority Mail Medium Flat Rate Box increasing $0.40 to $13.20 from $12.80 in 2019
  • Priority Mail Large Flat Rate Box – increasing $0.70 to $18.30 from $17.60 in 2019

First Class Package Service

In its press release, the Postal Service did not provide the average increase for First Class Package Service. Here’s what Stamps’ Nash had to say about the 2020 rate change:

  • Packages that weight 9 ounces and higher are all seeing increases of 10 cents or more. Zone 8 at 15.999 ounces is seeing an increase of 17 cents (3.0%) to $5.70 from $5.53 in 2019.
  • This minor increase is a huge benefit for ecommerce sellers, since the 2019 increase was extremely painful with zone-based pricing being added and rates going up by 11% on average.
  • As always, First Class Package Service is by far the best deal in the shipping business. It offers nationwide delivery at $5.70 with tracking in 1 to 3 days. No other carrier can match the delivery service that First Class Package Service offers.

Parcel Select

  • Parcel Select is now cheaper than Priority Mail for all weights/zones. For 2 lb. Zone 8, Parcel Select is cheaper by 30 cents ($10.89) compared to Priority Mail ($11.19).

Priority Mail International

  • The average increase of a Priority Mail International 1 lb. package is increasing by $2.85.
  • Priority Mail International packages to the UK are seeing a 6.3% increase for 1 lb. package, to $53.34 from $49.97 in 2019.
  • Priority Mail International packages to Australia are seeing a 6.5% increase for a 1 lb. package, to $51.40 from $48.07 in 2019.
  • Priority Mail International packages to Canada are seeing an increase of 5.6% for a 1 lb. package, to $35.53 from $33.54 (Zone 1.3) in 2019.

First Class Package International Service

  • Delivery to Canada (Country Group 1) is seeing a big price increase. A FCPIS 1 lb. package to Canada is increasing by $3.32 to $19.71 from $16.39 in 2019. A FCPIS 3 lb. package to Canada is increasing by $5.46 to $30.40 from $24.94 in 2019.
  • Delivery to Australia/Asia (Country Group 3) is seeing a big price increase. A 1 lb. package to Australia/Asia is increasing by $4.03 to 26.36 from 22.33 in 2019. A 3 lb. package to Australia/Asia is increasing by $7.60, to $40.85 from $33.25 in 2019.

It’s worth repeating: This rate comparison analysis from Stamps.com only includes Zones 1/2 through Zone 8 and does not include Zone 9, which is for U.S. territories. Commercial Base Pricing was used for all rates.

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