The Postage Increase 2016 Part 4

The Postage Increase 2016 Part 4

USPS Increases for International Shipping Rates

Not only have rates gone up for Domestic shipments but a significant hike is seen for International Rates as well. These might be the largest hike this update.

Re-Think Using GSP for International Shipments

If you are using the Global Shipping Program (GSP) through eBay for international sales, congratulations! This is a wise choice and provides built in safety for international sales. If you're not using it, it's definitely time to reconsider it. With GSP you are responsible for getting the package to the domestic hub in Kentucky. From there, eBay/Pitney Bowes takes over. You only bill for the domestic leg of the shipment, eBay does the rest. There is no need to worry about an item getting lost or tied up in customs, eBay takes that worry for you. If an item is damaged in shipment, eBay takes that worry for you. No need for you to buy international insurance, eBay has you covered.

The GSP is perfect for items that are over 4 pounds (this is the cut off for first class international shipping), items that are fragile, and definitely for items that are expensive.

Below are the price charts for International First Class Shipping and for Canada Priority. For the entire rate chart for International Priority you can download it from the USPS site here. On the bottom of the sheet there are tabs. You want to look at PMI Commercial Plus and PMI Commercial Base. (Sadly these appear to be the same price for both)

First Class Package International Service (Commercial Base Non-TRS)

Price Groups

Weight Not Over (Ounces) 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 9.03 11.16 13.06 12.59 12.83 12.59 12.59 12.35 12.83
2 9.03 11.16 13.06 12.59 12.83 12.59 12.59 12.35 12.83
3 9.03 11.16 13.06 12.59 12.83 12.59 12.59 12.35 12.83
4 9.03 11.16 13.06 12.59 12.83 12.59 12.59 12.35 12.83
5 9.03 11.16 13.06 12.59 12.83 12.59 12.59 12.35 12.83
6 9.03 11.16 13.06 12.59 12.83 12.59 12.59 12.35 12.83
7 9.03 11.16 13.06 12.59 12.83 12.59 12.59 12.35 12.83
8 9.03 11.16 13.06 12.59 12.83 12.59 12.59 12.35 12.83
12 14.73 19.71 21.61 21.14 21.38 21.14 21.14 20.90 21.38
16 14.73 19.71 21.61 21.14 21.38 21.14 21.14 20.90 21.38
20 14.73 19.71 21.61 21.14 21.38 21.14 21.14 20.90 21.38
24 14.73 19.71 21.61 21.14 21.38 21.14 21.14 20.90 21.38
28 14.73 19.71 21.61 21.14 21.38 21.14 21.14 20.90 21.38
32 14.73 19.71 21.61 21.14 21.38 21.14 21.14 20.90 21.38
36 23.28 30.16 32.06 33.49 32.78 31.59 31.59 29.45 31.83
40 23.28 30.16 32.06 33.49 32.78 31.59 31.59 29.45 31.83
44 23.28 30.16 32.06 33.49 32.78 31.59 31.59 29.45 31.83
48 23.28 30.16 32.06 33.49 32.78 31.59 31.59 29.45 31.83
52 34.68 43.46 48.21 54.39 47.03 50.59 54.39 48.45 47.03
56 34.68 43.46 48.21 54.39 47.03 50.59 54.39 48.45 47.03
60 34.68 43.46 48.21 54.39 47.03 50.59 54.39 48.45 47.03
64 34.68 43.46 48.21 54.39 47.03 50.59 54.39 48.45 47.03

 

First Class Package International Service(Commercial Plus - TRS)

 

Price Groups

Weight Not Over (Ounces) 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 9.03 11.16 13.06 12.59 12.83 12.59 12.59 12.35 12.83
2 9.03 11.16 13.06 12.59 12.83 12.59 12.59 12.35 12.83
3 9.03 11.16 13.06 12.59 12.83 12.59 12.59 12.35 12.83
4 9.03 11.16 13.06 12.59 12.83 12.59 12.59 12.35 12.83
5 9.03 11.16 13.06 12.59 12.83 12.59 12.59 12.35 12.83
6 9.03 11.16 13.06 12.59 12.83 12.59 12.59 12.35 12.83
7 9.03 11.16 13.06 12.59 12.83 12.59 12.59 12.35 12.83
8 9.03 11.16 13.06 12.59 12.83 12.59 12.59 12.35 12.83
12 14.73 19.71 21.61 21.14 21.38 21.14 21.14 20.90 21.38
16 14.73 19.71 21.61 21.14 21.38 21.14 21.14 20.90 21.38
20 14.73 19.71 21.61 21.14 21.38 21.14 21.14 20.90 21.38
24 14.73 19.71 21.61 21.14 21.38 21.14 21.14 20.90 21.38
28 14.73 19.71 21.61 21.14 21.38 21.14 21.14 20.90 21.38
32 14.73 19.71 21.61 21.14 21.38 21.14 21.14 20.90 21.38
36 23.28 30.16 32.06 33.49 32.78 31.59 31.59 29.45 31.83
40 23.28 30.16 32.06 33.49 32.78 31.59 31.59 29.45 31.83
44 23.28 30.16 32.06 33.49 32.78 31.59 31.59 29.45 31.83
48 23.28 30.16 32.06 33.49 32.78 31.59 31.59 29.45 31.83
52 34.68 43.46 48.21 54.39 47.03 50.59 54.39 48.45 47.03
56 34.68 43.46 48.21 54.39 47.03 50.59 54.39 48.45 47.03
60 34.68 43.46 48.21 54.39 47.03 50.59 54.39 48.45 47.03
64 34.68 43.46 48.21 54.39 47.03 50.59 54.39 48.45 47.03

 

International Priority Shipping Rates

Canada - Priority Flat Rate

Flat Rate Non-TRS (Commercial Base) TRS (Commercial Plus)
Flat Rate Envelopes 22.75 22.75
Small Flat Rate Priced Boxes 23.70 23.70
Medium Flat Rate Boxes 43.65 43.65
Large Flat Rate Boxes 56.95 56.95

This is not an error - There is only one price (online) for the Flat Rate Canada Rates.

Priority International Flat Rates

Price Groups
2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Flat Rate Envelopes 28.45 29.40 31.30 30.35 32.25 30.35 31.30
Small Flat Rate Priced Boxes 29.40 30.35 32.25 31.30 33.20 31.30 32.25
Medium Flat Rate Boxes 63.60 64.55 63.20 66.45 72.15 65.50 68.35
Large Flat Rate Boxes 82.60 84.50 82.60 86.40 91.15 85.45 89.25

 

Priority Rates (Canada)
Discounted eBay Label Price

 

Weight Not Over (Lbs) 1.1 & 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8
1 30.16 31.11 33.25 34.20 35.63 36.10 36.58
2 32.59 33.63 35.86 37.00 38.43 38.90 39.47
3 35.01 36.15 38.48 39.81 41.23 41.71 42.37
4 37.43 38.67 41.09 42.61 44.03 44.51 45.27
5 39.85 41.18 43.70 45.41 46.84 47.31 48.17
6 42.28 43.70 46.41 48.21 49.64 50.21 51.06
7 44.70 46.22 49.12 51.02 52.44 53.11 53.96
8 47.12 48.74 51.82 53.82 55.24 56.00 56.86
9 49.54 51.25 54.53 56.62 58.05 58.90 59.76
10 51.97 53.77 57.24 59.42 60.85 61.80 62.65
11 54.29 56.29 59.76 62.23 63.65 64.70 65.55
12 56.62 58.81 62.27 65.03 66.45 67.59 68.73
13 58.95 61.32 64.79 67.83 69.26 70.49 71.92
14 61.28 63.84 67.31 70.63 72.06 73.39 75.10
15 63.60 66.36 69.83 73.44 74.86 76.29 78.28
16 65.93 68.88 72.34 76.24 77.66 79.18 81.46
17 68.26 71.39 74.86 79.04 80.47 82.08 84.64
18 70.59 73.91 77.38 81.84 83.27 84.98 87.83
19 72.91 76.43 79.90 84.65 86.07 87.88 91.01
20 75.24 78.95 82.41 87.45 88.87 90.77 94.19
21 77.57 81.46 84.93 90.25 91.68 93.67 97.37
22 79.90 83.98 87.45 93.05 94.48 96.57 100.56
23 82.22 86.50 89.97 95.86 97.28 99.47 103.74
24 84.27 89.02 92.48 98.66 100.08 102.36 106.92
25 86.31 91.53 95.00 101.46 102.89 105.26 110.11
26 88.35 94.05 97.52 104.17 105.69 108.35 113.29
27 90.39 96.57 100.04 106.88 108.49 111.44 116.47
28 92.44 99.09 102.55 109.58 111.29 114.52 119.65
29 94.48 101.60 105.07 112.29 114.10 117.61 122.84
30 96.52 104.12 107.59 115.00 116.90 120.70 126.02
31 98.56 106.64 110.11 117.71 119.70 123.79 129.20
32 100.61 109.16 112.62 120.41 122.50 126.87 132.38
33 102.65 111.67 115.14 123.12 125.31 129.96 135.57
34 104.69 114.19 117.66 125.83 128.11 133.05 138.75
35 106.73 116.71 120.18 128.54 130.91 136.14 141.93
36 108.78 119.23 122.69 131.24 133.71 139.22 145.11
37 110.82 121.74 125.21 133.95 136.52 142.31 148.30
38 112.86 124.26 127.73 136.66 139.32 145.40 151.48
39 114.90 126.78 130.25 139.37 142.12 148.49 154.66
40 116.95 129.30 132.76 142.07 144.92 151.57 157.84
41 118.99 131.81 135.28 144.78 147.73 154.66 161.03
42 121.03 134.33 137.80 147.49 150.53 157.75 164.21
43 123.07 136.85 140.32 150.20 153.33 160.84 167.39
44 125.12 139.37 142.83 152.90 156.13 163.92 170.57
45 127.16 141.88 145.35 155.61 158.94 167.01 173.76
46 129.20 144.40 147.87 158.32 161.74 170.10 176.94
47 131.24 146.92 150.39 161.03 164.54 173.19 180.12
48 133.29 149.44 152.90 163.73 167.34 176.27 183.30
49 135.33 151.95 155.42 166.44 170.15 179.36 186.49
50 137.37 154.47 157.94 169.15 172.95 182.45 189.67
51 139.41 156.99 160.46 171.67 175.75 185.54 192.85
52 141.46 159.51 162.97 174.18 178.55 188.62 196.03
53 143.50 162.02 165.49 176.70 181.36 191.71 199.22
54 145.54 164.54 168.01 179.22 184.16 194.80 202.40
55 147.58 167.06 170.53 181.74 186.96 197.89 205.58
56 149.63 169.58 173.04 184.25 189.76 200.97 208.76
57 151.67 172.09 175.56 186.77 192.57 204.06 211.95
58 153.71 174.61 178.08 189.29 195.37 207.15 215.13
59 155.75 177.13 180.60 191.81 198.17 210.24 218.31
60 157.80 179.65 183.11 194.32 200.97 213.32 221.49
61 159.84 182.16 185.63 196.84 203.78 216.41 224.68
62 161.88 184.68 188.15 199.36 206.58 219.50 227.86
63 163.92 187.20 190.67 201.88 209.38 222.59 231.04
64 165.97 189.72 193.18 204.39 212.18 225.67 234.22
65 168.01 192.23 195.70 206.91 214.99 228.76 237.41
66 170.05 194.75 198.22 209.43 217.79 231.85 240.59
67 - - - - - - -
68 - - - - - - -
69 - - - - - - -
70 - - - - - - -

 

 

Understanding the 2016 Postage Increase Part 2

Understanding the 2016 Postage Increase Part 2

Are you ready for the Postage Increase On January 17th eBay Sellers?

In Part 1 I covered the first class postage changes. Moving right along, this post will cover the domestic Priority Changes that go into effect on Sunday.

Thanks to the eBay for Business Facebook, Nate Heyward, eBay's Senior Manager of Carrier Relationships and Audrey Cox Tracy for being available to answer the multitude of questions about how the USPS rate change will impact eBay sellers. You can read "Savings From The US Postal Service" and learn exactly what eBay has worked out for its sellers.

I definitely suggest you take a look at your listings and plan your strategy going forward with these updates. Your buyer doesn't want to spend more and neither do you. I wouldn't put this off too long, unless you have all calculated shipping. Even if you use calculated for all of your items, you want to take a look and compare the larger sized items that are heavier. These are some changes that can save you from a distaster. For example if you have a heavy, bulky item and it is going across the country, it may make more sense to offer FedEx and UPS in addition to USPS to save a sale and keep a happy customer.

It was confirmed by Nate Heyward that the automatic insurance will stay the same for Priority (Domestic) Mail. It will remain at $50 for non-eTRS and $100.00 for eTRS.

Priority Mail (Domestic)

The table below shows the Flat Rate Pricing effective on January 17, 2016 for Domestic Shipments. You want to become familiar with these prices so you can go in and edit your listings. The last thing any seller wants is to cut into profits to pay extra postage.

Package Size
Non-eTRS (Commercial Base)
eTRS (Commercial Plus)
Flat Rate Envelope

$5.75

$5.60

Legal Flat Rate Envelope

$5.75

$5.60

Padded Flat Rate Envelope

$6.10

$5.90

Small Flat Rate Box

$6.10

$5.90

Medium Flat Rate Box

$11.95

$11.60

Large Flat Rate Box

$16.35

$15.85

 

This table shows the Regional Rate Boxes (Domestic) Increase Per Zone

Weight
(lbs.)     
Zones
1 & 2
Zone
3
Zone
4
Zone
5
Zone
6
Zone
7
Zone
8
Zone
9
Box A $0.69 $0.71 $0.76 $0.60 $0.66 $0.72 $0.80 $2.99
Box B $0.55 $0.65 $0.65 No Change No Change $0.72 $0.80 $4.88
Box C
Discontinued effective January 17, 2016

 

Priority Rates (Domestic) Up to 5 pounds and Zone 4

The reason I chose to post this table is, as you can see, the higher the weight and the further the zone, the more the increase in the rates. Above these I think that Flat Rate or Regional Rate is going to become the go to shipping method. Of course you always want to check the other carriers, FedEx and UPS. Depending on the dimensions of your packages and the weight, these can actually save you money. Make it a habit to always compare the different service providers to see where you will get the best rate.

You can download the excel sheets for each class and zone from USPS site here.

Weight
Up to (lbs)
Zones
1 & 2
Zone
3
Zone
4
Change from 2015

0.5

$5.60 $5.77 $5.87

+$1.13

1 $5.60 $5.77 $5.87 +$0.60
2 $5.83 $5.96 $6.40 +$0.66
3 $5.91 $6.88 $7.92 +$2.02
4 $6.51 $7.67 $8.49 +$2.54
5 $7.17 $7.75 $8.74 +$1.94

 

As you can see by the chart below, the prices go up pretty substantially. The full rate chart is available at http://1.usa.gov/1l7sOF4

These are the Priority Commercial Plus Rates (TRS)

Weight Not Over (Lbs)
L, 1 & 2
Zone 3
Zone 4
Zone 5
Zone 6
Zone 7
Zone 8
Zone 9

0.5

5.60 5.77 5.87 6.01 6.14 6.42 6.95 9.47
1 5.60 5.77 5.87 6.01

2

5.83 5.96 6.40 7.91 8.65 9.41 10.44

14.50

3

5.91 6.88 7.92 9.46 11.13 12.03 14.03

19.67

4

6.51 7.67 8.49 10.34 12.97 14.69 16.58 23.68
5 7.17 7.75 8.74 10.92 14.76 16.89 19.22 27.45

6

7.32 7.86 8.79 11.75 16.57 19.25 22.01

31.45

7

7.40 7.89 9.22 12.60 18.34 21.70 24.72

35.31

8

7.68 8.40 9.45 13.23 20.17 23.89 27.75

39.65

9

8.17 8.61 9.59 13.99 21.93 25.88 30.86 44.09
10 8.43 8.80 9.74 14.81 23.70 28.45 33.56

47.94

11 8.73 8.99 9.83 15.45 25.42 30.96 36.36 52.38
12 8.94 9.27 9.92 16.31 27.72 33.48 38.99 56.16
13 9.16 9.49 10.04 17.17 29.77 34.83 40.37 58.16
14 9.31 9.75 10.14 17.86 31.44 36.79 42.38 61.05
15 9.44 10.05 10.26 18.22 32.65 37.48 43.50 62.66
16 9.95 10.56 10.70 18.70 34.50 39.58 45.89 66.11
17 10.03 10.90 10.94 19.19 36.26 41.65 48.31 69.59
18 10.14 11.04 11.25 19.67 38.17 43.69 50.74 73.10
19 10.27 11.42 11.64 20.16 39.89 45.74 53.16 76.56
20 10.45 11.78 12.04 20.64 40.90 47.44

55.61

80.10

 

These are the Commercial Base Prices (non-TRS)

 

Zones
Weight Not Over (Lbs) L, 1 & 2 Zone 3 Zone 4 Zone 5 Zone 6 Zone 7 Zone 8 Zone 9
1 5.75 5.95 6.05 6.20 6.33 6.62 7.16 9.76
2 6.01 6.15 6.60 8.15 8.92 9.70 10.77 14.95
3 6.09 7.09 8.17 9.75 11.47 12.40 14.47 20.28
4 6.71 7.90 8.75 10.66 13.37 15.14 17.09 24.41
5 7.39 7.99 9.01 11.26 15.22 17.41 19.81 28.30
6 7.55 8.10 9.06 12.11 17.08 19.85 22.69 32.43
7 7.63 8.14 9.50 12.99 18.91 22.38 25.48 36.40
8 7.92 8.66 9.74 13.64 20.79 24.63 28.61 40.88
9 8.42 8.87 9.89 14.42 22.61 26.68 31.82 45.45
10 8.69 9.07 10.04 15.27 24.43 29.33 34.60 49.43
11 9.00 9.27 10.13 15.93 26.21 31.92 37.49 54.00
12 9.22 9.56 10.23 16.81 28.58 34.51 40.19 57.90
13 9.44 9.79 10.35 17.70 30.69 35.91 41.62 59.96
14 9.60 10.05 10.46 18.41 32.41 37.93 43.69 62.94
15 9.73 10.36 10.57 18.78 33.66 38.64 44.85 64.60
16 10.26 10.89 11.04 19.28 35.57 40.80 47.31 68.15
17 10.34 11.24 11.28 19.78 37.38 42.93 49.80 71.74
18 10.46 11.38 11.60 20.28 39.35 45.05 52.31 75.36
19 10.58 11.77 12.00 20.78 41.12 47.16 54.80 78.93
20 10.77 12.15 12.41 21.28 42.17 48.91 57.33 82.58