Starting October 3rd USPS is temporarily raising the price of its domestic shipping services for the 2021 holiday season. This temporary rate increase will remain in place from October 3rd until December 26th, 2021. You can read the official announcement from USPS here which explains that heightened peak-season demand results in extra handling costs. Unfortunately there's no way to escape this; USPS is raising rates everywhere you can buy postage.

October 3rd–December 26th USPS temporary rate increases

The temporary price increase varies depending on the service you choose, the weight of your package, and which zone you're shipping to. The increases are listed below. To see the exact rates, view the rate sheets in the Rates page.

First Class Package Service

  • $0.30 increase for all Weights and Zones

Priority Mail Cubic

  • $0.25 increase for all Cubic Tiers, Zones 1-4

  • $0.75 increase for all Cubic Tiers, Zones 5-9

Priority Mail Flat Rate and Priority Mail Express Flat Rate

  • $0.75 increase for all Flat Rate Boxes and Envelopes

Priority Mail, Priority Mail Express, and Parcel Select Ground

  • $0.25 increase for 1-10 lb, Zones 1-4

  • $0.75 increase for 1-10 lb, Zones 5-9

  • $1.50 increase for 11-20 lb, Zones 1-4

  • $3.00 increase for 11-20 lb, Zones 5-9

  • $2.50 increase for 21-70 lb, Zones 1-4

  • $5.00 increase for 21-70 lb, Zones 5-9

No other services are changing

No international services are increasing in price. Media Mail rates are also staying the same, since USPS just increased Media Mail rates in August.

We've got a secret way to help offset this rate increase 😉

Our jolly crew has been hard at work adding a new carrier to Pirate Ship, which we'll be launching on October 3rd, right in the nick of time! Unfortunately we can't give you more details until then... but depending on the size and weight of your packages, this new carrier could save you a ton of treasure! You'll be able to start shipping with them instantly at super deep discounts. We'll let you know more soon 👍

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