IMPORTANT: USPS IS INITIATING A TEMPORARY RATE INCREASE FOR PACKAGES DURING THE 2020 HOLIDAY SEASON BETWEEN OCTOBER 18 AND DECEMBER 27TH. THESE INCREASES, OR SURCHARGES, ARE THE SAME FOR ALL WEIGHTS AND ACROSS ALL ZONES.
Shipping carriers routinely change their products and services and adjust rates. These changes typically happen at the start of the year. However, the USPS has announced a temporary rate increase on domestic, commercial rates from October 18 thru December 27, 2020, to help relieve the strain on resources brought about by COVID-19 and a busy holiday shipping season.
Retail prices and International rates will be unaffected.
The USPS is implementing their temporary rate increases on October 18, 2020.
The United States Postal Service describes the rate changes in their official release.
WHICH USPS SERVICES ARE IMPACTED:
In this guide, we'll help you navigate the changes to USPS services. There is a lot to cover, so we'll focus on the services supported by ShippingEasy.
The 2020 temporary rate changes impact the following mail classes and products - scroll down this page for details:
- First-Class Package Service, domestic
- Priority Mail Express, domestic
- Parcel Select Ground, domestic
The USPS Temporary 2020 Holiday Rate Changes are:
First Class Package Service +$.25
All Priority Mail, including Flat Rate Boxes/Envelopes and Regional Rate Boxes +$.40
Priority Mail Express +$1.50
Parcel Select Ground +$.40
Parcel Select Lightweight +.24
These are our regular discounted 2020 USPS Postal Rates, as of January 26, 2020:
Most changes to USPS Postal Rate changes this year are incremental price increases. Major changes took effect last year, such as Zone Pricing and Dimensional Weight Pricing.
The Republic of Macedonia is now known as North Macedonia.
The Republic of South Sudan should have mail and packages addressed to South Sudan, with SS as their Country Code.
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