2024 USPS Shipping Rate Changes: What You Should Know

Learn about the 2024 updates to USPS shipping rates in this guide.
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Last update:

June 28, 2024

USPS is preparing for significant shipping price updates in July 2024, with rate increases scheduled for July 1st and July 14th. These changes could impact your shipping costs and logistics decisions. ShipSaving is here to provide detailed analysis and recommendations to help you find the best shipping solutions for your business.

Key Changes in USPS Shipping Rates for July 2024

Before delving into the upcoming USPS rate updates, let's briefly outline which services will see adjustments and which will remain unchanged:

  • USPS Zones will remain unchanged, with a total of 9 zones.
  • USPS Ground Advantage and Priority Mail® of Merchants Rates will increase, effective July 1st, 2024.
  • As of July 14th, 2024, prices for USPS Ground Advantage, Priority Mail®, and Priority Mail Express® services will remain unchanged.
  • Prices for First-Class Mail, flat mail, postcards, and other special packages will change on July 14th, 2024.

The upcoming rate increases are relatively minor, so senders need not worry about significantly higher shipping costs.

USPS Rate Changes - Details of July 14th

Starting July 14th, senders will notice increases in prices for services like First-Class Mail and postcards:

USPS Rate Changes - Details of July 1st

Rate changes will affect senders using Merchant Rate pricing for Priority Mail®, Ground Advantage, Cubic pricing, and flat rate services effective July 1st.

Merchant Rate pricing offers the best discounted shipping rates available to businesses. Compared to retail and commercial prices, it provides optimal savings on USPS services and is the standard configuration for all ShipSaving users.

USPS Ground Advantage Services
  • Ground Advantage services: Prices for packages weighing less than 1 pound in Zones 6-8 will increase.
  • Ground Advantage services: Prices for packages weighing over 1 pound in Zones 1-5 will increase.
  • Ground Advantage Cubic services: Prices between Tier 1 and Tier 2 in Zones 6-8 will increase.
USPS Priority Mail® Services
  • Priority Mail services: Prices for most 2 to 10-pound packages in Zones 1-8 will increase.
  • Priority Mail Cubic services: Most rates will see an increase.
  • Priority Mail Flat Rate services: All shipping prices will increase.

Key Changes in USPS Shipping Rates for January 2024

The USPS announced an increase in prices for several shipping services on January 21, 2024. These changes include USPS Ground Advantage prices increasing by 5.4%, Priority Mail service prices increasing by 5.7%, and Priority Mail Express service prices increasing by 5.9%.

However, as an official partner of USPS, we're thrilled to offer you the USPS Merchant Rate, ensuring you always get the best shipping deals.

Hers is exciting news for ShipSaving users: starting January 21st, USPS is lowering its Merchant Rate prices. This means the already competitive rates you enjoy through ShipSaving will become even more affordable. Whether you use Ground Advantage or Priority Mail services, you're set to see substantial savings.

USPS Rate Changes - Details of January 21st
  • Priority Mail - You can now enjoy a reduction of up to 11.88% in rates, potentially saving you as much as $4.54 per shipment. 
  • Priority Mail Flat Rate  - All services under Priority Mail Flat Rate are getting cheaper than your current rate.
  • Ground Advantage  - For packages weighing under 1 lb, there's a slight average increase of 5.4%. For heavier packages (1 lb - 20 lb), where we’re seeing an overall decrease for shipments to the farthest distances, price reduced by up to $2.1 per package.

Below is a table detailing the percentage discounts ShipSaving users can enjoy compared to previous shipping rates.

With ShipSaving, you can experience up to a 25.09% lower rate than our previous USPS shipping discounts. We're committed to making your shipping experience efficient and cost-effective!

How ShipSaving Can Help

Navigating shipping rate changes can be complex, and ShipSaving is designed to simplify this process. 

Our platform offers real-time rate comparisons, ensuring you always choose the most cost-effective and efficient shipping options. Here’s how we can assist:

  • Discounted Rates: Access lower rates to offset industry-wide increases.
  • Cost-Efficient Choices: Identify the most affordable shipping options in real time.
  • Efficiency Optimization: Streamline your shipping processes to reduce costs in the face of rate increases.

While USPS rate hikes will inevitably affect your shipping costs, ShipSaving is committed to providing optimized shipping solutions. We'll continue monitoring rate changes and offer comprehensive analysis and practical advice to help you maintain a competitive edge. 

Whether choosing the right services or optimizing package handling, we're here to ensure your business runs smoothly and efficiently.

ShipSaving offers shipping discounts of up to 89% off USPS retail rates! Register a ShipSaving account today and start saving on your shipping costs!

Written on:

January 17, 2024
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