U.S. Postal Service Announces Shipping Prices for 2011
The simpler way to ship—with Priority Mail Flat Rate Boxes from the U.S. Postal Service (USPS)—is set to extend its popularity with consumers and shippers in the new year when new prices take effect. Prices for Priority Mail, Express Mail and other Shipping Services will change Jan. 2.
A flurry of new flat-rate product innovations will be ushered in with the new year. Priority Mail Flat Rate innovations include a legal-size flat-rate envelope and a padded flat-rate envelope. The Priority Mail Legal Flat Rate Envelope (15x9.5") and Priority Mail Padded Flat Rate Envelope (12.5x9.5") are both priced at $4.95. All six types of Priority Mail Flat Rate envelopes will be priced the same as the regular Priority Mail Envelope (12.5x9.5") at $4.95, including the gift card flat rate envelope, window flat rate envelope and small flat rate envelope.
Pricing for the express mail flat rate envelope will remain unchanged at $18.30. A new express mail legal flat rate envelope (15x9.5") makes its debut, and is priced the same as the express mail flat rate envelope.
In addition to an overall price change of 3.5 percent for Priority Mail, new prices for Express Mail, Global Express Guaranteed, Express Mail International, Priority Mail International, Parcel Select and Parcel Return Service will be effective Jan. 2. The overall price change for all Shipping Services products is 3.6 percent.
Currently available for Express Mail only, the popular hold for pickup service option will be extended to Priority Mail and First-Class Mail commercial parcels in the new year. Available at no extra charge for customers using shipping labels from Click-N-Ship or other USPS-approved vendor, packages with the hold for pickup endorsement are shipped directly to a post office, instead of being left at a recipient’s address. Packages are then held at the post office until picked up anytime during office hours, at a time convenient for the recipient.