2019 General Rate Increase (GRI) for USPS, FedEx and UPS


USPS announced its GRI will take effect January 27, 2019.

The Details:
Priority Mail Express will increase 3.9%
– Priority Mail will increase 5.9%.
– Mailing Services product prices will increase 2.5%
– First-Class Package Service will move to zone-based pricing
– First-Class Mail Forever stamps will increase from $.50 to $.55

USPS’ dimensional weight (DIM) pricing is also increasing substantially. Currently, the Postal Service only uses DIM pricing for Zones 5-9 Priority Mail. In Q2 2019, expect USPS to implement DIM pricing for all Priority Mail, Priority Mail Express and Parcel Select packages that are larger than one cubic foot. Furthermore, the DIM will be reduced from 194 to 166—a small change that can have a big impact on parcel shipping costs. https://about.usps.com/news/national-releases/2018/pr18_086.htm


FedEx announced its GRI will take effect January 7, 2019.

The Details:
– FedEx Express and FedEx Ground will increase by an average of 4.9%
– FedEx Freight will increase by an average of 5.9%.
– Look out for changes to FedEx surcharges and minimums
– FedEx Express and Ground minimum increases will range from 3.5% to 5.4%.

Remember, increases will not be implemented across the board. While FedEx Express and Ground report that “on average” rates are going up 4.9%, some categories will experience hikes as high as 8.2%. For example, Surcharges and Fees will be increasing in most cases upwards of 5%, and the Print return labels pricing is doubling. Be aware of how you send packages and take action if necessary to soften the blow of the increases. https://www.fedex.com/en-us/shipping/current-rates.html


Most of UPS’ GRIs take effect December 26, 2018.

The Details:
– The rates for UPS Ground, Air and International services will increase an average 4.9%.
– Fuel surcharges will apply to Additional Handling, Over Maximum Limits, Signature Required and Adult Signature Required accessorials.
– A $2.00 processing fee per package will be charged when Package Level Detail (PLD) is not provided to UPS prior to delivery.
– The rates for certain value-added services and other charges will increase. https://www.ups.com/us/en/shipping/rates-update.page?WT.mc_id=VAN701700

Share on facebook
Share on google
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin

Recent Blog Posts

How to Make Free Shipping Profitable: The Ultimate Guide

Free and fast shipping is the name of the game now. It is a must-have for any seller wanting to get ahead of the pack not only on Amazon but also on other platforms. While shipping may be free for the customer, you’re still paying for it and it’s creeping into your margins. Here at Cahoot, we have created THE ultimate guide to profitable free shipping. You’ll learn every known and proven way you can offer free shipping profitably.

Is Amazon Responsible for the Sales by Third-Party Sellers?

Technology platforms govern consumer experience in a huge way. Users simply come to the platform, search for what they want, and start using it. Behind this consumer behavior, is the implicit trust in the platform that its users will act in the best interest of other customers. Apple’s App Store, Amazon’s Marketplace and Mastercard’s payment services are some examples.

Subscribe to our Newsletter

Get the latest tips and tricks on making free shipping profitable!