USPS announces shipping rate hike for 2017

KANSAS CITY, MO (KWQC/WOOD) — It will soon cost you more to send a package through the U.S. Postal Service’s flat-rate shipping.

In a notice filed Wednesday, the USPS said it would raise shipping prices after the holiday mailing season. The notice does not mention any price increase for First-Class Package International Service, Priority Mail Express International or Priority Mail International.

The postal service says the average price increase is 3.9 percent.

The adjusted prices are as follows:

  • Small flat-rate box | Current rate:$6.80 | New rate: $7.15
  • Medium flat-rate box | Current rate: $13.45 | New rate: $13.60
  • Large flat-rate box | Current rate: $18.75 | New rate:$18.85
  • Large APO/FPO flat-rate box | Current rate: $16.75 | New rate: $17.35
  • Regular flat-rate envelope | Current rate: $6.45 | New rate: $6.65
  • Legal flat-rate envelope | Current rate: $6.45 | New rate: $6.95
  • Padded flat-rate envelope | Current rate: $6.80 | New rate: $7.20

The Postal Regulatory Commission will review the prices before they are scheduled to take effect Jan. 22.

Earlier this month, the USPS announced it wanted to return the rate of Forever First Class postage stamps to 49 cents each. It was reduced to 47 cents in April as ordered by federal regulators.

The USPS does not receive tax dollars and relies on postage sales to pay for operations.


The original version of this story was first posted on KWQC’s website.