USPS New Prices and Services for 2014

Each year – at least once per year – the U.S. Postal Service® (USPS®) changes rates across their various mail classes and extra services. These price changes will take effect for both Competitive and Market Dominant mail classes on January 26, 2014. Endicia has created these pages as a resource to help explain the details of these changes and what they mean for your business.

2014 Key USPS Changes:

  • Reduced minimum volume requirement for Priority Mail high volume discounts (CPP and CPP Cubic)
  • New Zone 9 created for the Freely Associated States of Micronesia, Marshall Islands, and Palau
  • No Commercial price increase for First-Class Package International Service
  • Electronic USPS Tracking International Service expanding to additional countries
  • New $0.01 discount for First-Class Mail Letters (up to 3.5 oz.) when PC Postage or Meters are used

Click on the Mail Classes or services below for more information on relevant changes for 2014. The information provided only includes changes to 2014 pricing and services. For more information on the specific mail classes, download the pdf document.

Market Dominant Mail Classes Competitive Mail Classes
First-Class Mail® First-Class Package Service (FCPS)
Standard Mail® Standard Post
Media Mail® Parcel Select®
Library Mail® Priority Mail®
Bound Printed Matter Priority Mail Express®
First-Class Mail International
(letters and flats)
First-Class Package International Service
Priority Mail International
Priority Mail Express International
Global Express Guaranteed

Definitions: Market Dominant vs Competitive Mail Classes

Market Dominant mail classes are USPS® services that do not have similar or equivalent services offered by private carriers. Price increases for these mail classes cannot rise more than the current Consumer Price Index.

Competitive mail classes are USPS® services that are similar to services offered by private carriers. Prices increases for these mail classes are not restricted by the Consumer Price Index, but are still subject to regulatory approval.

Additional USPS services updates:

  • International Restrictions
  • USPS Insurance
  • USPS Tracking (formerly Delivery Confirmation)
  • Signature Confirmation
  • Filing USPS Claims 

USPS Published Pricing Tiers:

Retail Price: Retail pricing refers to the standard counter price for postage at the Post Office™ or other physical retail locations.

Commercial Base Price (CBP): Commercial Base pricing refers to the discounted postage price for certain mail classes available to electronic postage users. The vast majority of Endicia customers automatically enjoy this price for applicable Competitive mail classes.

Commercial Plus Price (CPP): Commercial Plus pricing refers to deeply discounted postage prices for certain mail classes available to qualified high-volume shippers. Endicia customers that qualify for these discounts automatically receive them through their software or application.

Qualification thresholds for Priority Mail Commercial Plus pricing are being reduced in 2014. The new minimum volumes thresholds are in bold below.

Mail Class Type of Packages Included Qualification Threshold
Priority Mail Express All domestic Priority Mail Express shipments 5,000 pieces
Priority Mail Letters, Flats and Critical Mail 5,000 pieces
Priority Mail Letters, Flats, Packages (including Flat Rate), Critical Mail, and Padded Flat Rate Envelope 50,000 pieces
Priority Mail Cubic 50,000 pieces
International All First-Class Package International Service, Priority Mail International, Express Mail International, and Global Express Guaranteed packages/shipments $100,000 in postage value

For more detailed pricing information visit pe.usps.gov

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