New shipping rate changes are coming in 2016 from the big three major shippers, USPS, UPS and FedEx.
USPS (United States Postal Service)
The most notable changes are coming on January 17, 2016 from USPS. Rates for almost all services will increase and some will be phased out entirely.
Average shipping service prices will rise 9.5%
Priority Mail will increase about 9.8%, its first hike in 3 years. Priority Mail Express will go up an average of 15.6%
First-Class Mail Parcel (First-Class Package Service) rates will increase by about 12.8%, BUT – the weight limit has increased from 12.99 oz. to 15.99 oz., which is good news for sellers with products on the lighter end of the scale. For packages under 8 oz., the rate will be a single flat price.
Parcel Select will now be called Parcel Select Ground and will increase an average of 1.9%.
First Class Package International Service will rise 21.6%.
Priority Mail International goes up 19.2%, while Priority Mail Express International will rise 11.6%.
We will be sending out a follow up email with detailed pricing information as soon as the rates are published online.
Changes come to FedEx’s services on January 4, 2016. Across the board, their rates for FedEx Ground, Express, Home Delivery and Freight will increase by about 4.9%. The freight shipping rates are for destinations within the US (including Hawaii, Alaska, Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands), between the US and Canada and the US and Mexico.
UPS rolls their increases into effect on December 28, 2015. Like their competitor Fed Ex, their rates will also increase 4.9%, with the exception of UPS Air and UPS International, which will rise 5.2%.
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