January 2016 USPS price change

On January 17, 2016, the USPS updated their shipping rates in line with their annual price adjustment. If you’re purchasing shipping labels with Shopify, then you should expect your rates to be affected.

Pricing changes

USPS will be increasing their prices across the various mail classes as follows:

Mail class Average rate increase
First-Class Package Service12.8%
Priority Mail9.8%
Priority Mail Express15.6%
First-Class Package Service International21.6%
Priority Mail International10.2%
Priority Express Mail International11.6%

First-Class Package Service

USPS has updated the pricing for First-Class Package Service, grouping packages weighing 1-8 oz. at a single price of $2.60, and making 13-16 oz. rates universally available at the highest level of discount.

2015 2016 Price change
1 oz. $2.04 $2.60 +$0.56
2 oz. $2.04 $2.60 +$0.56
3 oz. $2.04 $2.60 +$0.56
4 oz. $2.13 $2.60 +$0.47
5 oz. $2.22 $2.60 +$0.38
6 oz. $2.35 $2.60 +$0.25
7 oz. $2.53 $2.60 +$0.07
8 oz. $2.71 $2.60 -$0.11
9 oz. $2.89 $3.30 +$0.41
10 oz. $3.07 $3.35 +$0.28
11 oz. $3.25 $3.40 +$0.15
12 oz. $3.44 $3.45 +$0.01
13 oz. $3.63 $3.45 -$0.18
14 oz. n/a $3.55 n/a
15 oz. n/a $3.60 n/a
16 oz. n/a $3.65 n/a

Priority Mail

On average, the USPS has raised Priority Mail rates by ~9.8%. The comparison below shows how the 2016 price change affects an example shipment.

Shopify will continue to offer merchants on the Advanced Shopify plan the lowest possible rates the USPS allows its partners to make available. The 2016 rate change has affected this highest discount tier to a greater extent.

Example: 5 lb. shipment, NYC to Chicago

Walk-in rate Basic Shopify plan Shopify plan Advanced Shopify plan
2015 $16.20 $11.26 $10.53 $9.80
2016 $17.00 $11.26 $11.09 $10.92
Price increase $0.80 $0.00 $0.56 $1.12

Priority Mail Express

On average, the USPS has raised Priority Mail Express rates by 15.6%. The comparison below shows how the 2016 price change affects an example shipment.

Shopify will continue to offer merchants on the Advanced Shopify plan the lowest possible rates the USPS allows its partners to make available. The 2016 rate change has affected this highest discount tier to a greater extent.

Example: 1 lb. shipment, NYC to Chicago

Walk-in rate Basic Shopify plan Shopify plan Advanced Shopify plan
2015 $32.30 $25.21 $22.75 $20.28
2016 $32.30 $31.39 $30.28 $29.07
Price increase $0.00 $6.18 $7.53 $8.79

Packaging changes

The 2016 USPS price change eliminates some types of USPS packaging:

  • Priority Mail Regional Rate C Box
  • Priority Mail Express Flat Rate Boxes
  • Priority Mail Express International Flat Rate Boxes.

If you’re using USPS packaging for your shipments, please review your packaging options to see if you've set any of these formats as a default packaging type. You can do that on the Shipping settings page in your Shopify admin.

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