USPS, FedEx Price Increases for 2019
It’s a new year, which means resolutions, bold business goals, and of course rate hikes from the shipping carriers.
Yes, every January, carriers raise their rates on postage, change minimum requirements, and reassess their fees. Those of you who have been in the ecommerce world for a while have come to expect it. You have also come to rely on us as your shipping and fulfillment partners, to get the details down, integrate the new costs and let you know what those changes mean for you and your business.
As usual, the increase across the board hovers right around 5% depending on the service. Of course, the devil is in the details, and size, weight, and destination of the shipments all factor into the new pricing.
In the next few paragraphs, we will outline the changes in rates, effective dates, and any other information that is relevant to 2019 shipping and postage rates.
USPS (United States Postal Service):
First Class Mail Letters are increasing from $0.50 to $0.55
Each additional ounce will cost an extra $0.15 in 2019, a decrease from $0.21 currently.
First Class Mail Flats (Domestic) are remaining the same in 2019
First-Class Mail (First-Class Package Service) will see an overall increase of 3.9%
Priority Mail will see an average increase of 5.9%.
Priority Mail Express will see an average increase of 3.9%. A 1 lb. package going to Zone 8 using Priority Mail Express will cost $36.52 in 2019 compared to $35.04 currently.
Express Priority Mail Flat Rate will increase ranging from $0.70 to $0.72 per piece, depending on the envelope or box used
Parcel Select – there are some weight and zone groupings where rates are decreasing and others increasing
Media Mail rates will increase by 2.95% in 2019. (A 1 lb. package traveling to Zone 8 will cost $2.75 in 2019 compared to $2.66 currently.)
USPS International (First Class, Priority and Priority Express) will see an overall average increase of 3.9%.
USPS 2019 rates are going into effect January 27, 2019.
Fedex 2019 rates will go into effect January 7, 2019, with an average increase of 4.9%.
Freight customers using FedEx Freight will see an average rate increase of 5.9%.
The following services will be affected by the new rates:
Express package and freight standard list rates for US, US export, and US import services.
FedEx Ground and Home Delivery standard list rates.
FedEx International Premium rates.
Minimum rates for FedEx Express.
FedEx Ground Multiweight rates.
FedEx SmartPost rates.
FedEx One Rate pricing.
FedEx Freight rates.
FedEx Retail rates.
Minimums and Surcharges:
FedEx has made changes to some of their minimums for 2019. Effective January 7, look for the following changes in those areas:
|Fedex Minimums Name||2018 Minimum||2019 Minimum||% Increase|
|Priority Overnight Letter||$23.15||$24.40||5.4%|
|Standard Overnight Letter||$22.80||$23.94||5%|
Additionally, they have increased many of their surcharges including Delivery Area Surcharges, Residential Surcharge, and Signature Surcharge.
DHL 2019 rates went into effect January 1, 2019, with an average increase of 4.9%.
Fulfillrite is here to help!
What are we doing to help? Turns out, lots of things! Fulfillrite has new pricing for 2019 as well, but, instead of raising rates for everyone, we’re lowering them!
In the next few weeks Fullfilrite customers will see discounts on Pick & pack fees, packaging supplies, storage costs, and lots of optional services. We’re finding ways of making international shipping cheaper, and even eliminating certain fees altogether.
As if that wasn’t enough, we have got some fantastic new features in the pipeline, which will delight your customers and increase your bottom line! Stay tuned for those announcements!
There are lots of things to be excited about in 2019, and Fulfillrite is leading the way towards savings, profits, and the most amazing year yet!