USPS® Temporary Rate Increase for Commercial Parcels Effective October 18, 2020 – December 27, 2020

On September 4, 2020, the PRC (Postal Regulatory Commission) approved the temporary rate increase submitted on August 14, 2020, for USPS® Commercial Parcels effective October 18, 2020 – December 27, 2020. This temporary rate increase will affect Commercial Base and Commercial Plus pricing.

Affected commercial domestic “competitive price category” parcels:

  • First-Class® Package Service
  • Priority Mail®
  • Priority Mail® Express
  • Parcel Select
  • Parcel Return Service

This time-limited price increase will not impact retail, metered mail or international rates.

Here are some of the pricing changes:

Postal ProductTemporary PriceIncrease
First Class Package ServiceStarts at $2.74$0.25
Priority Mail© CommercialStarts at $7.02$0.40
Priority Mail© ExpressStarts at $22.75$1.50
Parcel Select Ground*Starts at $6.92$0.40
Parcel Select LightweightStarts at $1.81$0.24

*Some rate cells will be charge less than $0.40 so as not to exceed USPS® Retail Ground retail prices

A full list of commercial pricing can be found on the Postal Service’s Postal Explorer website:

The USPS® is one of the largest shippers globally, with 6.2 billion packages shipped last year and was rated one of the most essential companies during the COVID-19 pandemic height. The USPS® Board of Governors believes that the temporary price increase will still provide shippers with competitive pricing while providing the agency with much-needed revenue.

Regular pricing will resume after December 27, 2020.