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2018 USPS Postage Rates

United States Postal Service rolled out the new postage changes January 21st. We will see changes in pricing in a few areas; The most important areas are First-Class Mail and Presorted First-Class Mail.

US Postal Service Postage Highlights:

First-Class Mail®

First-Class Mail® Letters up to 1 ounce will increase from $0.49 to $0.50

First-Class Mail® Flats up to 1 ounce will increase from $0.98 to $1.00

First-Class Metered Mail will increase from $0.46 to $0.47

Marketing Mail prices (formerly known as Standard Mail) are increasing 1.9% on average, as well the prices for Bound Printed Matter, Media Mail®, and Library Mail.

First-Class Mail® Parcels (Retail): pay one price up to 4 ounces: $3.50, an increase of $0.50.

Presorted Mail– USPS Presort can save you money on your annual postage bill. Presort is a discount for customers who have their mail sorted before it is sent over to the USPS. Presorting offers discounts based on service level, mail shape, and weight. If you send over 5,000 pieces of direct mail at a time then switching to presorted mail is definitely worth it.

Mixed AADC (MAADC) automation letters and AADC automation letters have been reduced from 2 cents to 1.6 cents.

Automated presort flat rates are decreasing 1.6 cents.

The USPS is also continuing an incentive that allows First-Class mailers that presort their mail to send letters weighing up to 3.5 ounces for the same price as a 1-ounce letter.

Presort Letter/Postcards prices increased by 1.591%, but presorting to the five-digit ZIP code level is still 3 cents cheaper than the AADC level.

Full-Service Intelligent Mail® Barcode (FS IMb) on First-Class and Marketing Mail will still provide a $0.003 and $0.001 discount.

Below is a new USPS postage chart:

2018 Commercial First-class letter rates:

Automation Automation Machinable Non Machinable

Weight Not Over (ounces) 5-Digit AADC Mixed AADC Presorted Presorted 1 0.378 0.408 0.424 0.458 0.668

2 0.378 0.408 0.424 0.458 0.668

3 0.378 0.408 0.424 0.458 0.668

3.5 0.378 0.408 0.424 0.458 0.668

Postcard 0.257 0.268 0.274 0.280 —

Nonmachinable Surcharge 0.210

2018 Commercial Marketing Mail rates:

Carrier Route Automation

Entry Point Saturation High-Density Plus High-Density Basic 5-Digit Scheme AADC Mixed AADC

None 0.186 0.196 0.200 0.292 0.251 0.274 0.287

DNDC 0.164 0.174 0.178 0.265 0.227 0.250 0.263

DSCF 0.158 0.168 0.172 0.257 0.220 0.243 —

DDU — — — — — — —

For more postage changes visit the USPS:

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