Flat Rate Shipping Costs 2022

Monday, Nov 14th 2022
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As many of us are aware, the cost of living sharply increased in 2022. Not for just gas and food, but many peripheral expenses as well. Such as the cost of raw materials, and labor – largely due to supply chain issues, and not enough staff to accommodate the increased service demand.

As a result, there have been changes made to the cost of shipping mail. To better understand the new mailing expenses, we suggest you continue reading.

What are the Flat Rate Shipping Prices Right Now?

Below you will find the up-to-date USPS pricing for envelopes at the Priority Flat Rate level. 

Your mail piece must adhere to the dimensions listed in the table below to qualify for the corresponding Shipping Price. To get an idea of what sorts of content fit inside each envelope, read column four (‘Great For…’)

Note: The Commercial Base price is the rate given to customers who purchase their postage online through a postage service provider. 

Free Supplies Shipping Price Dimensions Great for...
Flat Rate Envelope $7.75 Commercial Base
$8.95 at Post Office & Online
12 1/2" x 9 1/2" Passports & passport applications
Documents
Manuscripts
Window Flat Rate Envelope $7.75 Commercial Base
$8.95 at Post Office & Online
10" x 5″
12 1/2" x 9 1/2"
Pre-addressed envelopes
Small Flat Rate Envelope $7.75 Commercial Base
$8.95 at Post Office & Online
10" x 6" Small documents
Oversized greeting cards
Gift cards
Padded Flat Rate Envelope $8.45 Commercial Base
$9.65 at Post Office & Online
12 1/2" x 9 1/2" Clothing
Books
Boxed Jewelry
Legal Flat Rate Envelope $8.05 Commercial Base
$9.25 at Post Office & Online
15" x 9 1/2" Legal documents

Below you will find the up-to-date USPS pricing for boxes at the Priority Flat Rate level. 

Free Supplies Shipping Price Dimensions Great for...
Small Flat-Rate Box $8.25 Commercial Base
$9.45 at Post Office & Online
Outside: 8 11/16" x 5 7/16" x 1 3/4"
Inside: 8 5/8" x 5 3/8" x 1 5/8"
Brochures
Small electronics
Medium Flat-Rate Box - 1 (top-loading) $14.25 Commercial Base
$16.10 at Post Office & Online
Outside: 11 1/4" x 8 3/4" x 1 3/4"
Inside: 11" x 8 1/2" x 5 1/2"
Office supplies
Shoes
Medium Flat-Rate Box - 2 (side-loading) $14.25 Commercial Base
$16.10 at Post Office & Online
Outside: 14" x 12" x 3 1/2"
Inside: 13 5/8" x 11 7/8" x 3 3/8"
Office supplies
Shoes
Large Flat-Rate Box $19.20 Commercial Base
$21.50 at Post Office & Online
Outside: 12 1/4" x 12 1/4" x 6"
Inside: 12" x 12" x 5 1/2"
Laptop
Computers
Gifts
APO/FPO/DPO Flat-Rate Box $17.70 Commercial Base
$20.00 at Post Office & Online
Outside: 12 1/4" x 12 1/4" x 6"
Inside: 12" x 12" x 5 1/2"
Sending gifts to troops
Large Flat-Rate Board Game Box $19.20 Commercial Base
$21.50 at Post Office & Online
Outside: 24 1/16" x 11 7/8" x 3 1/8"
Inside: 23 11/16" x 11 3/4" x 3"
Board games
Prepaid Forever Priority Mail Flat-Rate® Packaging $8.95 at Post Office & Online Various sizes available Various options

How Much Does It Cost to Ship my Package?

As you may have gathered from the previous section (How Much Does Flat Rate Shipping Cost Right Now?), the cost to ship your package depends on the dimensions of your package.

In the table in the previous section, the column titled ‘Free Supplies’ includes the USPS Flat Rate Shipping envelopes and boxes. If you do not have your own envelope or box, you can acquire these from your local post office.

USPS suggests using their envelopes and boxes as it is the surest way to ensure you’ll receive that rate. This is because the measurements of these boxes are the exact dimensions – as seen in the third column from the left – for each type of Priority Flat Rate Mail.

You do not, however, have to use these envelopes or boxes to receive the Flat Rate. You can use your own envelope or package if it fits within the dimensions listed above

Will the Flat Rate Shipping Prices Increase?

We could tell you – if we had a crystal ball – but unfortunately, we cannot look into the future. 

What we can say with certainty is this: with the rise of inflation comes a rise in the price of goods and services. Flat Rate Shipping is a service. So naturally, its price – along with many other services this year – has increased.

To speculate if the price of Flat Rate shipping will increase is in line with speculating if inflation will increase above its current level. Or if USPS employees will decide to strike. We simply don’t know if either of these things will happen.   

With the exchange of goods and services moving to the online space, postal services have had to move unusually high volumes of mail. 

The major postal services are all unionized. If employee wages increase – then the price of Flat Rate shipping would likely follow suit.